A Canadian company has submitted plans to a Berks County, PA, township to construct a gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility on 63 acres to produce gasoline and propane.
Calgary-based EmberClear Corp. is seeking approval for the facility, which is expected to cost up to $1 billion and employ up to 100 people once it's approved and operational. EmberClear has not indicated what the plant's capacity would be or whether it would convert gas produced in the Marcellus and/or Utica shales.
EmberClear is involved in other Marcellus-related power endeavors as well (see Shale Daily, May 28, 2013). It plans to build two 300 MW combined-cycle power plants in Schuylkill County, PA, southwest of Berks County. PJM Interconnection, which provides electric transmission to 13 states in the Northeast, has estimated that 18,000 MW of coal-fired generation capacity may be decommissioned in the coming years.
The proposed South Heidelberg facility in eastern Pennsylvania would ship refined products via pipeline. Township officials approved a zoning change last year so that the plant could be built. With approvals, the facility could be complete in three years. Township officials estimate that the power projects and GTL facility could generate hundreds of jobs.
EmberClear has offices in Houston, as well. Its subsidiary, Future Power PA Inc., also has an office in Lackawanna County in Northeast Pennsylvania.