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Mathaba News Network: Shell licenses coal gasifying technology

Posted: 2007/11/20
From: Mathaba
Ha Noi (VNA) – Shell on November 19 signed an agreement to license its clean coal gasification technology to the Viet Nam National Chemical Group (Vinachem), to be applied at the Ninh Binh Fertiliser Plant about 100km south of Ha Noi.

This is the 20th licence Shell has issued for its coal gasification technology world wide, and is the Netherlands-based firm’s first licence in Viet Nam , as well as in the greater Asia-Pacific region outside of China .

Both sides declined to province information on the value of the agreement.

According to Shell’s Asia-Pacific Clean Coal Energy Section vice president, Hans Willemsen, the new technology will help the Ninh Binh Fertiliser Plant to increase its production efficiency in a more clean and eco-friendly way.

Hans said gasification, also called ‘partial oxidation’, converts carbon-containing fuel sources into synthetic gas at high temperatures.

According to Vinachem’s vice general director Chu Van Tuan, coal gasification technology is a clean way of transforming coal into synthetic gas for use in the manufacture of fertiliser, chemicals and power generation.

The sulphur, heavy metals and ash in the coal are removed as by-products that have valuable alternative uses in the construction, cement and ceramics industries, he said.

Vinachem on November 15 signed a contract with the China Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering Corporation (HQCEC) in which HQCEC will be the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the Ninh Binh fertiliser plant.

The plant will have the capacity to gasify more than 1,300 tonnes of coal per day, producing synthesis gas which will be used as feedstock for a new ammonia and urea production plant that will also be built on the same site. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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