Gas from gas: Bechtel to design first-of-its-kind refinery in Texas

Bechtel has won the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the first natural-gas-to-gasoline plant in the US for environmentally-conscious gasoline start-up, Nacero.

Nacero says its 115,000-barrel-a-day plant in Penwell, Texas, near Odessa, will be the first gasoline plant in the world to use carbon capture, sequestration and 100% renewable power.

Founded in 2015, the Houston-based company is marketing its zero-sulphur gasoline made from "renewable" natural gas harvested from farming, landfill and sewage treatment.

It plans to start selling its gasoline to stations in the southwestern US from 2025, and plans to have its own branded outlets.

Bechtel said the project would employ 3,500 construction workers at peak during the four years of building the plant’s first phase. 

The second phase will take two more years and bring plant capacity to 115,000 barrels per day.

When operational, the plant will employ 350 people. The University of Texas has estimated that it would add more than $25bn to the region’s economy during its fifty-plus-year operating life.

"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," said Bechtel Energy president Paul Marsden.

On completion of the FEED, Bechtel will deliver a lump sum, turnkey EPC price proposal.

Image: A render of the 115,000-barrel-a-day plant in Penwell, Texas (Supplied by Bechtel)

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