USA: FEED Bechtel Wins Contract for First Natural Gas-to-Gasoline Unit in US
Bechtel has secured a FEED contract from Nacero for its 115,000 barrel per day plant in Penwell, Texas, near Odessa, USA. The facility is expected to be the first gasoline manufacturing unit in the world to utilize carbon capture, sequestration, and 100 % renewable power.
Houston/USA – Nacero has awarded Bechtel the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract for the first natural gas-to-gasoline manufacturing facility in the United States. Nacero's 115,000 barrel per day plant in Penwell, Texas, near Odessa in the heart of the Permian basin, will be the first gasoline manufacturing plant in the world to incorporate carbon capture, sequestration, and 100 % renewable power.
The use of renewable natural gas and mitigated flare gas will make it possible to reduce the lifecycle footprint or Nacero's cost-competitive, zero sulfur gasoline to zero over time. Nacero's products will be sold to retailers in Texas and the Southwest, and through Nacero-branded outlets.
"We are thrilled to partner with Bechtel for our flagship facility in Penwell. Bechtel's experience with large-scale projects and commitment to excellence is second to none," said Jay McKenna, Nacero's President and CEO. "For America to achieve its domestic energy and climate change mitigation goals we need big vision and laser-focused execution. Bechtel is helping us get there."
"We are delighted by this opportunity to support Nacero's pioneering approach to delivering lower carbon fuel with our record of large-scale project success," said Paul Marsden, President, Bechtel Energy. "This project is truly a game-changer. It will give everyday American drivers a chance to participate in the energy transition and will be a model for the kind of environmental improvement America is looking to bring about."
On completion of the FEED, Bechtel will deliver a lump sum, turnkey EPC price proposal. Bechtel will employ its range of sustainable design and execution tools to bring about carbon reduction in the supply chain and reduce the carbon footprint of the project during construction. Bechtel and Nacero have a shared commitment to best in class environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.
Nacero's Penwell project is one of the largest energy transition infrastructure opportunities in the United States. The project is expected to employ 3,500 skilled construction workers on site at peak during the first phase of construction which is expected to last for four years. The second phase of construction will take an additional two years and bring plant capacity to 115,000 barrels per day. When fully operational, the plant will employ 350 full-time operators and maintenance personnel. The University of Texas has estimated that the Penwell facility will add more than 25 billion dollars to the economy of the Odessa region during its 50+ year operating life.