MOSCOW (MRC) -- HIF Global is considering olefins production for the second phase of the eFuels project that it is developing in Texas, in which the company will convert carbon dioxide (CO2) and green hydrogen into methanol, said the company.
If HIF pursues an olefins project, it would convert the material into jet fuel, said Meg Gentle, executive director of HIF Global. She made her comments during the CERAWeek by S&P Global energy conference. The company still needs to complete testing with aviation agencies to make sure the material produced by HIF can be certified as aviation fuel, Gentle said.
The Texas project is in Matagorda County, and the first phase will convert methanol into gasoline. The electrolysers for the green-hydrogen portion of the project will come from Siemens and they can produce about 300,000 tonnes/year of hydrogen.
Topsoe is providing the technology to convert the hydrogen and CO2 into methanol. Construction on the first phase could start in 2024, and operations could start in 2027. HIF already has a demonstration plant in Punta Arenas, Chile. It started production in 2022.
We remind, HIF Global started producing its first litres of fuel using green hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) at a demonstration plant in southern Chile. The Haru Oni plant is in Punta Arenas, Chile, and it should begin full commercial operations in March 2023, HIF said. It will produce 350 tonnes/year of methanol and 130,000 litres/year of gasoline. Haru Oni relies on electrolysers to produce green hydrogen and direct-air capture (DAC) to extract CO2 from the atmosphere. The two gases are combined to produce methanol.