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TEXACO GASIFICATION PROCESS - INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT
Rosenthal, S. TEXACO GASIFICATION PROCESS - INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT. EPA/540/R-94/514, 1994.
This report summarizes the evaluation of the Texaco Gasification Process (TGP) conducted under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program. The Texaco Gasification Process was developed by Texaco Inc. The TGP is a commercial gasification process which converts organic materials into syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The feed reacts with a limited amount of oxygen (partial oxidation) in a refractory-lined reactor at temperatures between 2,200’ and 2,650°F1 and at pressures above 250 pounds per square inch gauge (psig). According to Texaco, these severe conditions destroy hydrocarbons and organics in the feed and avoid the formation of undesirable organic by-products associated with other fossil fuel conversion processes. At such high operating temperatures, the residual ash melts-forming an inert glass-like slag. Texaco reports that the syngas can be processed into high-purity hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, and other chemicals, as well as clean fuel for electric power. The SITE Program evaluated the TGP’s ability to treat hazardous waste materials containing both organic compounds and inorganic heavy metal.
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