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A North Carolina company has unveiled a small-scale module plant for the biodiesel ingredient methanol. Maverick Synfuels says its Maverick Oasis system converts methane to methanol can be co-located at the methane source, including coal fields.

According to the company: “The Maverick Oasis factory-built Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) methanol plants are modular, and can be rapidly deployed onsite to produce thousands of gallons per day of ultra-clean methanol from natural gas or methane-rich waste gas. The plants are designed to be low-cost, highly efficient facilities optimised to generate an attractive project rate of return. Each Oasis modular facility comes equipped with performance guarantees based on the designed methanol output rating.”

The system converts a variety of methane-containing feedstocks, including biogas, coalbed methane (CBM) and landfill gas, into AA-grade methanol that meets ASTM D1152 specifications.

The plant is modular, with a footprint of 5000 ft2. It can be shipped easily to location, where it is then assembled by Maverick engineers and integrated with the local infrastructure.

The company goes on the say that each modular facility can crank out 3000 and 10000 gal./day of methanol. The Oasis system is feedstock flexible, able to be used on dairy farms, waste water treatment plants, and other facilities that use anaerobic digesters to process animal, food, and other organic waste, to make methanol. It can even be used on oil and gas fields to produce the important biodiesel ingredient.

Edited by Sam Dodson

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