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IndianOil and LanzaTech Sign a Statement of Intent to Construct World’s First Refinery Off Gas-to-Bioethanol Production Facility in India

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IndianOil) and LanzaTech have signed a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India. LanzaTech has developed a gas fermentation process to make fuels and chemicals. Instead of sugars and yeast, the company uses a biological catalyst to ferment waste gas emissions. The large volume of waste gas produced at industrial facilities such as refineries cannot be stored or transported; rather it must be combusted to make power locally and emitted as carbon dioxide (CO2). Power can be carbon-free, and in India today, the cost of renewable power has fallen below the cost of coal, accelerating the transition to a carbon-free grid. LanzaTech’s technology allows refineries to divert waste gases from the grid, supporting the transition to fully renewable power while recycling this carbon into liquid fuels and petrochemicals. The basic engineering for the 40 million litres (35K MTA) per annum demonstration facility will begin later this year for installation at IndianOil’s Panipat Refinery in Hayrana, India, at an estimated cost of 350 crore rupees (USD 55 million). It will be integrated into existing site infrastructure and will be LanzaTech’s first project capturing refinery off-gases. LanzaTech’s first commercial facility converting waste emissions from steel production to ethanol will come online in China in late 2017. Source: LanzaTech, 7/10/2017.

TCGR Note: CAP members should be aware that TCGR’s Carbon Dioxide and Conversion (CO2CC) Program has documented LanzaTech’s technology and other CO2 conversion processes in several reports. For more information, contact John Murphy at jmurphy@catalystgrp.com or +1.215.628.4447.