The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting on March 19 regarding a draft wastewater discharge permit to be issued to Ashtabula Energy for a proposed gas-to-liquids plant located in the city of Ashtabula.
Ashtabula Energy wants to build a plant to convert natural gas to diesel fuel and other liquids. If issued final, the permit would allow the facility to discharge up to 1.625 million gallons of wastewater per day into nearby Lake Erie. The discharge water would consist mostly of non-contact cooling water, but also would include water treatment plant residuals, non-process storm water, sanitary wastewater and process waste streams.
This is the second public meeting in Ashtabula to discuss the requested permit. Approximately 60 people attended the first meeting, held on Jan. 22. The public comment period ends March 27.
The proposed Ashtabula Energy facility would convert natural gas and oxygen through the Fischer-Tropsch process with a catalyst system to produce up to 5,000 barrels of diesel fuel per day and byproduct waxes. Liquid fuels would be transferred to a tank farm consisting of above-ground storage tanks. Incoming lake water would come from the Ashtabula County Port Authority Plant C Pumping Station to be treated as necessary for use in the recycled non-contact cooling water system, for boiler operations and for process operations. Anticipated treatment includes screening and clarification, with reverse osmosis treatment prior to use in the boiler system.
The company contact address is: Ashtabula Energy LLC, 2603 Augusta Avenue, Suite 1175, Houston, Texas 77057.