Applications of Gasification – Coal-to-Chemicals
Coal-to-Chemicals Project Examples
Eastman Chemical Company
Since 1983, Eastman Chemical Company has operated the Kingsport Integrated Coal Gasification Facility in Kingsport, Tennessee. The plant uses coal and what is now GE gasification technology to produce methanol. Eastman Chemical Company then uses the methanol to produce a wide range of consumer chemical products.
The SINOPEC Hubei Chemical Fertilizer Company is located on the Changjang River in the Hubei Province of China, adjacent to the city of Yichang. The plant has operated for 30 years producing more than 12 million tons of urea for use in agricultural production. Gasification was introduced to the plant after three years of construction with completion in December of 2006.
The SINOPEC Baling Company is located in Yueyang City of Hunan Province, China. This facility began using Shell’s gasification technology in 2007 to produce chemical fertilizers.
The SINOPEC Anqing Company is located in Anqing City in Anhui Province, China. As a means to decrease urea production costs, Shell gasification technology was used to switch the raw material from oil to coal. This project was initiated in 2001, with construction beginning in 2004. Operation was commenced in late 2006.
Ube Ammonia Co., Ltd.
Ube Ammonia Co., Ltd. in Japan owns and operates a coal to ammonia plant which uses GE gasification technology (formerly Texaco). Production on the plant began in August 1984. When constructed, plant capacity was 350 tons of ammonia per day.