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Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
BP America, Inc.
CB&I Howe Baker
Chart Industries
Chiyoda International Corp.
Crocco & Associates
Dupont USA
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Foster Wheeler USA
GE Energy
Geostock US, Inc.
Haldor Topsoe A/S
International Fuel Quality Center
Itochu Corp.
Jacobs Consultancy
JLM Technologies LLC
Mustang Engineering
Oil Search Limited
Paragon Engineering Services, Inc.
Process Technical Services, Inc.
Purvin & Gertz, Inc.
Representation Services, Inc.
Shell Chemicals
StarChem Technology, Inc.
Toyo Engineering Corp.
Zeus Development Corp.


Mega-Methanol: Opening New Markets, Wednesday, January 19, 2005
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Luncheon and Registration

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome, Workshop Opening and Review of Objectives
Bob Nimocks, president, Zeus Development Corporation
Nimocks will review the objectives for the megamethanol and DME workshops and review the agenda for the day.

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Evolution of Methanol Towards Mega and Jumbo Projects -- How We've Gotten Here and Where We're Headed
Jim Crocco, methanol industry consultant
Five years ago the methanol industry was reeling from California Governor Gray Davis' decision to cancel plans for MTBE. In April, the industry's state-of-the-art plant design leapt from 2,500 tons per day to 5,000. How has this miraculous turnaround happened? What will methanol markets look like 10-20 years from now. Crocco, a well-known industry analyst, will review these issues to open the workshop and set the parameters for follow-on presentations.

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Advancements in Process Designs Allowing Methanol's Rapid Escalation in Unit Size and Corresponding Unit-Cost Reductions
Neils Udengaard, Haldor Topsøe
Haldor Topsøe is working on mega-methanol and DME projects in Iran and China, and auto-thermal reforming systems for GTL plants in Qatar. Udengaard has been asked to discuss what has happened to allow the methanol industry to jump from 2,500 tons per day (TPD) to 5,000 TPD and soon 10,000 TPD and implications for per-unit CAPEX and OPEX. Undengaard has also been asked to provide Haldor Topsøe's perspectives on downstream MTO or DME process opportunities.

2:45 -3:15 PM


3:15 - 3:45 PM Lurgi's Mega Methanol Process, Experience from Atlas to Zagros
James G. Aiello, director of business development, Lurgi
Lurgi AG has successfully started up the world’s first MegaMethanol plant (the Atlas 5,000 TPD unit) in Trinidad and is constructing two more just like it (Zagros 1 & 2) in Iran. Lurgi is in discussions with a number of other project developers in such locations as Qatar, China and Saudi Arabia. Further increases in single-train plant capacity may be achieved from technical work at their Freiberg pilot plant using POX - pure Autothermal Reforming at higher pressure without a syngas compressor. Aiello has been asked to describe the process and plans for new projects and processes.
3:45 - 4:15 PM The Methanol Plantship: Starchem's Super Large Methanol FPSO
Lowell Fraley, vice president, Starchem Technology
Starchem is making progress with a methanol plant design on a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit to process 11,000 TPD. Fraley has examined the underlying causes of the high and fluctuating gas prices in the USA and the use of methanol to alleviate that situation. He will discuss the "Methanol Plantship" as well as his U.S. market analysis.
4:15 - 4:45 PM Methanol-Derived Plastics and Polymers: Redefining the Olefins Industry
Jim Andersen, light olefins manager, UOP
As methanol feedstock costs fall below $100 per ton, opportunities for new product markets emerge. One very promising market is ethene and propene, feedstocks commonly derived from petroleum for polymers and plastics. High crude prices combined with advantage for low-cost feedstocks and the need for higher propene to ethene production ratios has generated strong interest in methanol to olefins (MTO).
4:45 - 5:00 PM Wrap-up
5:00 - 6:00 PM Reception


DME: Getting to 400 Million Tons per Year, Thursday, January 20, 2005
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Luncheon and Registration

1:00 - 1:10 PM

Call to Order, Review of Any Previous Day's Conclusions Concerning DME, Objectives
Bob Nimocks, president, Zeus Development Corporation

1:10 - 2:00 PM

DME's Growing Momentum, Especially East of the Suez
Ron Sills, gas conversion network leader, exploration and production technology group, BP and senior advisor to the International DME Association
The International DME Association has championed the use of DME as a cooking, heating, power, and transportation fuel. Now, the technology and markets are poised for broad commercial use. Sills will provide persepective of the International DME Association.

2:00 - 2:45 PM

U.S. DME Markets, Manufacture, Storage and Transfer: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Experience
Joseph A Creazzo, DuPont
Akzo Nobel and DuPont initiated the development of DME markets in the 1960s when desire for a replacements for chlorofloro carbons emerged. DME was found to behave like LPG but non-toxic and biodegradable.

2:45 -3:15 PM


3:15 - 4:00 PM DME Production Process Comparison (Technical Aspect) and Toyo's DME Technology Features
Hiroshi Fukuyama, Licensing Manager, Licensing and Patents Dept., Toyo Engineering Corporation (TEC)
TEC has completed a feasibility study for a DME business, together with companies who hold gas reserves and own the markets for products. They are progressing to the next step of introducing DME products into the Japanese market. Fukuyama will provide a DME process comparison and describe Toyo's technology features.
4:00 - 4:45 PM Toyo's DME Project Experience in China
Hiroshi Fukuyama, Licensing Manager, Licensing and Patents Dept., Toyo Engineering Corporation (TEC)
Toyo Engineering was awarded earlier last year a contract to build a 110,000 mt/yr fuel-grade dimethyl ether (DME) plant for the Luthianhua Group (Luzhou, China). The plant will use Toyo's technology. Toyo was previously awarded a contract to build the related methanol plant and the first commercial DME plant in the world for fuel use. Fukuyama will describe the DME experience of Toyo in China.
4:45 - 5:00 PM Workshop Discussion and Conclusions
5:00 - 6:00 PM Reception


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