GreatPoint Energy, Inc., the developer of hydromethanation, a process that converts coal petroleum coke and biomass into clean natural gas, recently announced an agreement with Datang Huayin Electric Power Company, Ltd. to build and operate a natural gas production facility which is expected to be located in Guangdong Province, China.
Hydromethanation is an efficient process by which natural gas is produced through the combination of steam, carbonaceous solids and a proprietary catalyst in GreatPoint Energys bluegas reactor. The process enables the highly efficient conversion of low-cost feedstock into 99.5% pure methane.
The project will use coal or petroleum coke as its feedstock, and is to be developed on a parallel track with GreatPoint Energys development of a similarly sized natural gas production facility in the United States.
This project will mark the first time that GreatPoint Energys technology is to be used in China to cleanly convert coal, petroleum coke and other carbonaceous materials into pipeline quality natural gas. The technology also enables the capture of a pure stream of carbon dioxide for sequestration or commercial use.
GreatPoint Energy estimates the facility will be capable of processing 1,500 tons per day of feedstock.