Gas conversion is the conversion of gas (either natural gas, or manufactured synthetic gas) into other forms of energy. Gas conversion can include processes that convert gas into other types of clean-burning fuels for transportation, industrial, or domestic use, or the conversion of gas into electricity by burning it in a power plant.
The sweet pipeline quality natural gas feedstock is a much cleaner form of energy than coal or crude oil. The conversion process does not create the same amount of emissions or waste as an oil refinery and is overall a much cleaner process to make gasoline.
Additionally, the GCF process does not produce residual products such as tars, asphaltenes, waxes and other byproducts that require further processing in an oil refinery.
The facility’s gasoline production is a cleaner form of gasoline, with no sulphur content as compared to petroleum-based gasoline. This will reduce harmful tailpipe emissions and improve air quality.
The Bickerdike site is on Crown land and is close to existing energy and transportation infrastructure such as railways, roads, pipelines and high voltage transmission lines. Being close to this kind of infrastructure allowed us to reduce the overall "footprint" of our facilities, which was very important.
Additionally, the site is close to Edson. This is important to support construction, maintenance services, employees and a long-term operation.