Natural gas is projected to be a significant part of America’s energy mix in the coming years. With breakthrough developments in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the US is today the world’s largest natural gas producer and is projected to become a net exporter within the next decade. These developments have also paved the way for projects in the production of chemicals from natural gas.
In the past, natural gas conversion technologies suffered from the small price differential between products and natural gas. However, on the back of its newfound abundance in the United States and lower pricing as well as its cleaner and more efficient combustion compared to other fossil fuels, natural gas conversion to petrochemicals and fuels is rising substantially and advances in the development of new sustainable routes for natural gas utilization are promoted. There is a heightened industrial interest today in natural gas conversion technologies in areas such as synthesis gas production, production of methanol and dimethyl ether (DME), methanol-to-olefins conversion, natural-gas-to-liquids via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, methane partial oxidation to methanol, methane dehydroaromatization to benzene and oxidative coupling of methane. These technologies address the global petrochemical industry’s complex challenges of volatile commodity prices, shifting supply and demand patterns, stricter environmental regulations, and capitally intensive conventional technologies.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in biofuels and renewable fuels, and the more common areas like biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, and biotechnologies. In these larger consulting groups, one will also find expertise in other biofuels like algae biofuels, aviation/bio jet fuels, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, renewable and biochemicals, biogas, syngas, biochar, bio coals, biobutanol, pyrolysis oil, and producer gas, wood pellets. At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have a number of highly qualified chemical and process engineering experts available to assist you in natural gas conversion projects. Our experts are experienced in a broad range of commercial, operations, and engineering projects for both large and small companies and have helped raise private equity, design or review processes, develop integrated production economics, and more. Take a look at our 150+ experts and the services we provide, and you will see that we have just the right expert for any natural gas project. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full-service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.