GE Energy Gasification Technology Selected by Hangzhou Jinjiang Group to Help Drive Growth in Chemicals Production: Hangzhou Project Adds to GE’s Presence in the Region
Further expanding its presence in China, GE Energy is licensing its gasification technology to Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Co., Ltd. for use in a new chemical production plant in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. GE’s gasification technology was chosen to help Jinjiang produce chemicals using low-cost, domestic coal resources.
The agreement will grant Hangzhou Jinjiang Group the right to utilize GE’s proprietary gasification technology, which converts coal into synthesis gas (or syngas). It is expected that Jinjiang will produce above 2.1 million normal cubic meters (NCM) per day of syngas. The primary fuel source for the process will be coal from the Xinjiang Hongshan region of China.
“We chose GE’s technology for our project because GE offers a simple, reliable gasification process and design that we can manufacture locally,” said Chen, Zhaoyuan, project general manager of Kuitun Jinjiang chemical Co., Ltd., the end user of Jinjiang project. “GE’s experience in Chinese gasification projects helps ensure the reliability and availability of our coal to chemicals plant, enabling us to deliver cost effective products.”
In addition to the technology license, the agreement with Hangzhou Jinjiang includes a process design package, technical services and the supply of quench rings and feed injectors. With licensing and gasification technology teams based in China, GE will provide in-country support for the Hangzhou project. The new chemical production facility is expected to begin commercial operation in the third quarter of 2011.
“We’re pleased that our gasification technology continues to be selected to help support the thriving coal-to-chemicals industry in China,” said Jason Crew, director, gasification products, Asia, for GE Energy. “Our low-cost, highly reliable gasification process has been successfully applied in projects across the country that use a variety of relatively inexpensive local coals, providing an economic benefit for chemical production.”
GE’s proven gasification technology has been licensed to more than 65 facilities since 1948; and nearly 40 of those have been licensed in China since the 1970s.
GE Energy’s gasification technology is at the front end of the company’s “cleaner coal” Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) solution that uses coal to generate power, removing many of the pollutants and offering the ability to capture carbon for future sequestration. GE Energy has been at the forefront of IGCC technology for more than two decades. GE technology was involved in several milestone projects, including the pilot IGCC plant, Coolwater, in Barstow, Calif., and the Polk Tampa Electric IGCC plant in Florida that helped demonstrate the commercial feasibility of IGCC. GE also is supplying IGCC technology for Duke Energy’s plant in Edwardsport, Ind., that is expected to be the world’s largest IGCC facility when it comes online in 2012. The company is working on opportunities to deploy IGCC technology around the globe.
Established in 1993, Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Co., Ltd. is a large-scale private enterprise group active in such core industries as energy, non-ferrous metals and chemicals.
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