Compared to Steam Cracking
The Aither process has many advantages over traditional cracking technologies to produce ethylene. These include:
- 25% lower capital cost than the competition for a given ethane input or chemical output
- 10% lower operating cost
- 25% shorter time to commercial operations
- 80% lower energy input
- 60% lower CO2 output
- Smaller plant footprint
- Simpler process to product higher-value products compared to the competition
The Aither technology is also significantly more scalable than traditional technologies. This technology:
- Is economical and profitable at any scale, particularly smaller scale.
- Provides for the building of multiple plants in a single region, versus one large scale cracker.
- Minimizes transportation infrastructure requirements.
- Can economically take advantage of stranded ethane reserves not large enough to be cost effective for steam cracking.
An Aither plant also has the advantage of being a “Green Chemistry.” Green or sustainable chemistry is a philosophy of chemical engineering that encourages the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of greenhouse gases and hazardous substances. In compliance with the principles of green chemistry, Aither’s catalytic cracking technology consumes 80 percent less energy, and produces 60 percent less CO2 output than steam cracking technology. The scalability and reduced footprint of the facility minimizes the impact to both human and natural communities. The Aither process also optimizes the economic value of ethane, an important non-renewable resource, and the basis of a huge (11 billion pounds/yr.) downstream petrochemical industry.
Job Creation and Economic Development
Finally, the building and operation of an Aither plant can provide tremendous economic impact to a region. Based on a single medium-scale Aither technology plant, we can expect the following:
- 2,000 temporary construction jobs for a period of two to three years.
- 200 direct permanent employees per plant (including production, maintenance, and management).
- Based on an economic multiplier of 5X-7X for indirect job creation, each plant will create an additional 1,000 to 1,400 permanent jobs.
- Anticipated start-up of operations in four to five years.
- Construction costs of approximately $750 million over two to three years.
- Operations will generate approximately $450 million in sales per year depending on product mix and plant location.
- Ethane input for this size plant will be approximately 675 million lbs./year.