|Industry veteran to assist the company with planning and developing its first plant for transforming natural gas into liquid transportation fuels.|
Santa Barbara, CA - September 10, 2013 - Carbon Sciences, Inc. (CABN), provider of a complete solution for transforming abundant and affordable natural gas into clean burning gasoline and other transportation fuels, today announced that James E. Leahy has joined the company as GTL Project Advisor. Mr. Leahy will assist the company with planning and developing its first gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant.
Mr. Leahy has extensive experience in process development, project management, and process plant technical support in the petrochemical and synthetic fuels industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1969 and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston in 1973. Mr. Leahy joined Shell Chemical Company in 1969 as a process engineer. From 1974 to 1975 he worked as a process engineer for M.W. Kellogg Company. Mr. Leahy joined ARCO Chemical Company and served as Chief Process Engineer from 1976 to 1989, Engineering & Construction Manager from 1990 to 1997 and Project Manager from 1997 to 1999. From 2000 to 2007, he was Director, Special Projects at Syntroleum Corporation where he developed gas-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids processes. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Leahy was Engineering Manager for Australian American Energy Company and managed various coal-to-liquids studies a nd projects. He is the holder of six patents in the field of synfuels.
Bill Beifuss, the company’s CEO, commented, “We are very fortunate to have Mr. Leahy leading our GTL plant development effort. His in depth knowledge of synfuels, chemical engineering and years of hands-on experience in the petrochemical industry makes him an ideal choice to help us launch our first GTL plant.
Carbon Sciences previously announced its plan to build a miniGTL plant, designed in a modular nature, which will allow the matching of the equipment to the quantity of natural gas, as well as allow for portability if gas flow declines over time. The company estimates that a miniGTL plant producing approximately 1,000 barrels per day of transportation fuel can be contained in as few as 60 modules. A modular design enables rail car or truck transportation and installation to remote sites with limited infrastructure. Modular construction additionally will allow the company to manufacture in low cost production centers and then transport the modules to the gas field, resulting in a substantial cost savings over on-site construction.
Unlike large scale GTL plants, such as those developed by Royal Dutch Shell and Sasol that require large gas fields, a miniGTL plant in the 1,000 to 2,000 barrel per day range can be built to monetize small to medium size fields, which account for nearly 40% of gas fields in the world.
About Carbon Sciences, Inc.
Carbon Sciences offers a complete solution for transforming an abundant and affordable supply of natural gas into clean burning gasoline and other transportation fuels. While large producers, such as Shell and Sasol, have built and operate world scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants for large natural gas fields, our solution is engineered to cost effectively produce transportation fuels from the thousands of available small and medium size natural gas fields. Our first generation miniGTL solution integrates best of breed and proven technologies. We are also developing a proprietary technology to enable a second-generation GTL solution that will produce even cleaner gasoline by using captured CO2 or low value, high CO2 content natural gas as part of the process. Our technology can also be used to transform natural gas into other valuable, large volume products, such as hydrogen, methanol, ammonia , solvents and plastics.
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