Thursday 3 June 2021

Expander Energy pledges to produce net zero carbon fuels by 2024

Expander Energy pledges to produce net zero carbon fuels by 2024

Canadian firm Expander Energy has announced its ambitious goal to produce net zero carbon fuels by 2024.

It is moving forward with plans to build the $35 million (£21m) Slave Lake Biomass/Gas to Liquids plant (BGTL), which will produce net zero carbon intensity diesel fuel, jet fuel and blue hydrogen, with a capacity of 22 million litres per year.

The facility is the first in a series of plants planned for the Slave Lake area, which could ultimately reach more than 200 million litres/year, with an estimated total project cost of $800 million (£469m).

The news comes as the Government of Canada is implementing a Clean Fuel Standard that mandates all diesel fuels must meet a life cycle carbon intensity of 86.9 by 2025, 81 by 2030 and be net carbon neutral by 2050.

Expander's diesel fuel is a drop-in fuel able to directly replace conventional diesel fuels without the need for modifications to either engine or infrastructure.

It is also said to be non-toxic, odourless and readily biodegradable and reduce emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, unburnt hydrocarbons and particulate matter.

Expander Energy CEO Steve Price said; “The government mandate is for net zero CI fuel is 2050. Expander can advance this timeline by decades with our Slave Lake project using our patented BGTL™ technology. This technology coupled with CCUS allows us to produce world class fuel within 18 months of commencing the project. That's great news for Alberta and Canada.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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