Siluria Technologies Announces Successful Demonstration Plant Start-up
April 1, 2015
Siluria Technologies, a pioneer in the commercial production of fuels and chemicals made from natural gas, announced the successful start-up of its demonstration plant at a grand opening event in La Porte, Texas on April 1, 2015.
Designed and built by Zeton at its Burlington, ON plant in close cooperation with the Siluria project team, this marks the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas through Oxidative Coupling of Methane (“OCM”). The demonstration plant is the final scale-up of the OCM process technology and paves the way for Siluria to deploy commercial-scale plants in the 2017/2018 timeframe.
“This demo plant was brought in on time, under budget, and safely and successfully started up last December,” said Ed Dineen, CEO of Siluria Technologies. “The initial campaigns have already replicated our pilot scale performance.”
Zeton is proud of its long term relationship with Siluria, having supplied several pilot plants as a pre-cursor to the subject demonstration plant. According to Zeton Inc.’s project manager for the OCM Demonstration Plant project, Grant Girouard, who attended the grand opening along with Paul Martin and Adam Whalley, “The demonstration plant was the result of close collaboration between Siluria and Zeton, starting with basic engineering, and then proceeding through detailed design, procurement and fabrication. The successful start-up of the plant is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the joint Siluria-Zeton project team, and we are delighted that Siluria has met this important milestone so quickly. We look forward to continuing to work with Siluria Technologies in the future.”