INFRA Technologies is pleased to announce that it has successfully tested the full-size prototype of its proprietary Fischer-Tropsch reactor for the small-scale modular container-size pilot plant for processing associated gas into 100 barrels of synthetic oil per day.
The prototype as well as a planned industrial reactor is a 2.7 meter-high tubular apparatus.
Testing included on-site catalyst activation followed by 1,500-hour Fischer-Tropsch synthesis regime with the use of real feedstock, i.e. syngas produced by natural gas reforming. Planned one-pass conversion rate of 70 % was demonstrated as well as high fixed bed productivity of 320 kg of product per 1 cubic meter of reactor volume per hour.
The product is light synthetic crude with API gravity 65 degrees, essentially consisting of diesel and naphtha fractions.
The company intends to launch the first unit in 2014.