ORGLIST: Gasoline, oil and petroleum -- the power of an old technology

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From: Jacob Zabicky (zabicky$##$bgu.ac.il)
Date: Tue May 20 2008 - 15:12:03 EDT


Dear colleagues,

With apologies for any duplications, this important subject has
popped up in ORGLIST but not yet in CHEMINF, however, it surely
belongs in both lists. I would like to ask a few technological
questions based on recall from memory and hopefully somebody in DOE
or the many institutions that worked on this can confirm, deny or add
valuable information.

1. Is it true that somewhere in the USA there should be a mothballed
gasification plant for liquid fuel production?

2. Is it true that somewhere in the USA there should be a
mothballed liquefaction plant for liquid fuel production.

3. Was the claim at the time when such plants were put in the drawer
that they aren't economically sound at oil prices bellow about $30/
bbl? Or was it $40/bbl?

4. Hasn't the adjusted price jumped over that threshold.

5. Wouldn't the expense of reassembling these plants be justified if
it would bring down the crazy prices of crude oil, even if they
don't become commissioned?

6. Wouldn't he expense in R&D the update the technology of these
plants be justified if it would bring down the crazy prices of crude
oil, even if the results don't come to fruition?

7. Wasn't Germany running the greatest war ever with no oil or
rubber sources, or didn't the Republic of South Africa circumvent
OPEC's boycott based on Sasol's production of gasoline? Does't this
point to the technological soundness of the coal approach?

Best regards,

Jacob Zabicky
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