LCCE will utilize state-of-the-art technology that has been proven worldwide on the same scale as the Lake Charles project. LCCE technology providers include GE Energy, Lurgi GmbH and Haldor Topsoe.
GE Energy is a leader in the development and commercialization of gasification technology. GE Energy gasification technology was originally developed and licensed by Texaco in the 1950s and purchased by GE from ChevronTexaco in 2004. Its technology is the most prevalent in operation and is being used by 260 gasifiers worldwide, with numerous others in development. Of the 260 gasifiers in commercial operation, none have failed their performance guarantee tests.
Lurgi was founded in 1897 and is a subsidiary of Air Liquide, S.A., a French multinational with 2012 revenues of €15 billion and about 50,000 employees. Lurgi Rectisol is a widely implemented technology used to remove acid gases from syngas streams in the petrochemical industry. Rectisol purifies 75 percent of the world’s syngas produced from oil residue, coal and wastes and petcoke. Ninety percent of this syngas is fed to a synthesis process (i.e., non-IGCC use).
Haldor Topsoe was founded in 1940 and is based in Lyngby, Denmark with manufacturing sites in Frederikssund, Denmark and Houston, Texas. Topsoe employs 1,600 people worldwide and has annual revenues of approximately $500 million. LCCE will use Topsoe’s methanol and wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technologies. Topsoe is a leading provider of methanol production processes around the world. Their methanol technology has been in use in the U.S. since 1969. Topsoe’s WSA technology has been industrially applied since 1980, with reference plants in a wide range of industries, including solid fuel gasification, chemicals, auto and oil refining. Its WSA process has been commercially used in more than 70 facilities and, in 2006, was nominated by the European Commission as the “Best Available Technique for the Manufacture of Large Quantity Inorganic Chemicals.”