Siluria unveils world’s first gas-to-ethylene demonstration plant

Siluria unveils world’s first gas-to-ethylene demonstration plant

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Siluria Technologies, a pioneer in the commercial production of fuels and chemicals made from clean and abundant natural gas, held a grand-opening event announcing the successful start-up of its demonstration plant located in La Porte, Texas. The plant is wholly owned by Siluria, and co-located at a plant operated by Braskem America. This milestone marks the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas through oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). The demonstration plant is the final scale-up of the OCM process technology and paves the way for Siluria to deploy commercial-scale plants in the 2017/2018 timeframe. Siluria’s OCM technology is the first commercially-viable process to directly convert natural gas to ethylene, a key building block for the global petrochemicals industry and a new basis from which to produce transportation fuels. The company says its breakthrough innovations enable natural gas to supplement petroleum as the basis for com-modity fuels, chemicals and plastics.Siluria says its highly-efficient catalytic process is more scalable, more environmentally friendly and more cost-effective in many settings than current methods of production. Siluria previously announced its partnership with The Linde Group to offer licenses to the ethylene industry worldwide. Siluria has also developed a second process  package for converting ethylene to liquids (ETL) to produce tailored products such as gasoline and other high-value hydrocarbon liquids. Siluria has been using the ETL technology to produce gasoline at its pilot facility in Hayward, California, since November 2013.