HOUSTON—Cyntech Technologies Inc. will build a hydrocarbon plant that will process scrap rubber to produce methanol. The Houston-based company has pre-applied for air emissions permits to construct an 18-million-gallon plant that will process 9 million scrap tires annually.
``This facility will be capable of processing 500,000 pounds of waste rubber per day. This is the equivalent to removing from the environment some 20,000 passenger and truck tires per day,'' President Frank Meyer said.
Cyntech will use its patent-pending Thermal Reduction Technology process, a catalyst-free, closed-loop gasification system that breaks down rubber and plastics into methanol, gas oil and process gas.
The process uses heat and pressure to break waste rubber into marketable gas oil, liquefied petroleum gases and carbon black. The company will convert the carbon black into synthesis gas feedstock for Air Products & Chemicals Inc.'s methanol process, and sell the LPGs and gas oils as mixed streams.
Cyntech will reduce methanol production costs because the plant will produce the feedstock and not buy it at $20 to $26 per ton. The plant also will receive 75 cents to $1.30 per tire it recycles, Mr. Meyer said.
``It is highly questionable whether they can achieve what they set out to achieve,'' said Michael Blumenthal, executive director of the Scrap Tire Management Council.
Mr. Blumenthal noted that, historically, other firms have tried the same processes and have failed.