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New Videos Of GasTechno’s Methane Technology

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A GasTechno test unit at work at a gas and oil well.

A GasTechno test unit at work at a gas and oil well.

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Walloon Lake-based Gas Technologies LLC has released four new videos of its company process on YouTube.

The videos, of a recent field demonstration in which the GasTechno process produced methanol out of poor-quality natural gas, can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqGwUNWzmD8.

Said GasTechno founder Walter Breidenstein: “With this new field operation, we can confidently say we are one step closer to validating the process, and demonstrating it in the field to both skeptical engineers and interested gas producing customers. It is a major step for us.”

Turning “waste” natural gas that’s now simply flared off at many oil wells into useful ethanol and methanol — and at an attractive price — is now possible, thanks to GasTechno.

The GasTechno process converts a variety of feedstocks into methanol using a simple, low-maintenance, single-step process. It can use low-quality natural gas, landfill gas, biogas, biomethane, flared gas, coal bed methane and coal mine methane and convert it to methanol and other higher-value chemicals at a capital cost that’s 50 to 70 percent cheaper than its competition.

Unlike that competition, the GasTechno process requires no syngas production, does not use a catalyst, and is easily scalable – large or small.

Breidenstein added that the company’s patent applications for Russia and Vietnam have been approved. He said this was important, because a third-party study GasTechno completed in 2007 stated Vietnam is a strong potential methanol market for the company, and Russia is the world’s largest gas flaring country. 

Breidenstein said he’s been in regular communication with companies in Russia who inquire about the technology, and the potential for development is substantial.

Despite environmental regulation, much low-quality gas is still flared off in the United States, causing greenhouse gas concern. (See http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/ng/ng_prod_sum_a_EPG0_vgv_mmcf_a.htm.) Breidenstein said the GasTechno process offers “enormous” potential to reduce flaring in the U.S. and around the world.

And as oil prices rise, the low-quality natural gas that comes to the surface at oil wells will continue to be flared — based on the argument that it’s not economic to do anything else. The GasTechno process, Breidenstein said, means that’s no longer true.

More at www.gastechno.com.

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