Marshall Frank

Author: Marshall Frank
Marshall E. Frank retired from Chem Systems, where he was President and Managing Director, responsible for international consulting activities in North and South America and Asia Pacific. During his more than thirty years with the company, he had technical and administrative responsibility for a large number of multidisciplinary projects, both single-client and multi-client sponsored. Mr. Frank’s areas of expertise include natural gas utilization and conversion, the petrochemical industry, the refining and petrochemical interface, and alternative fuels. He also directed Chem Systems’ Financial Practice, which provided assistance to lenders in assessing the various risks associated with the financing of major international energy, petrochemical, and polymer projects. Prior to joining Chem Systems, Mr. Frank was involved in process evaluation, process engineering, and the startup of many of Halcon/SD’s proprietary processes at Scientific Design Company. Mr. Frank received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Marshall FrankMarshall E. Frank retired from Chem Systems, where he was President and Managing Director, responsible for international consulting activities in North and South America and Asia Pacific. During his more than thirty years with the company, he had technical and administrative responsibility for a large number of multidisciplinary projects, both single-client and multi-client sponsored. Mr. Frank’s areas of expertise include natural gas utilization and conversion, the petrochemical industry, the refining and petrochemical interface, and alternative fuels. He also directed Chem Systems’ Financial Practice, which provided assistance to lenders in assessing the various risks associated with the financing of major international energy, petrochemical, and polymer projects. Prior to joining Chem Systems, Mr. Frank was involved in process evaluation, process engineering, and the startup of many of Halcon/SD’s proprietary processes at Scientific Design Company. Mr. Frank received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

Will the Chinese Still Build their US-Based Methanol Plants?

Last March, I wrote about several Chinese companies planning to build methanol plants in the United States with the purpose of shipping the product to China for use as feedstock in the Methanol to Olefins (MTO) plants constructed or currently

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U.S. is Making Progress in Reducing Methane Emissions

In August 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new regulations for the oil and gas industries to cut emissions of methane into the atmosphere. These new regulations would have oil and gas drillers and operators: Finding and repairing

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EPA Finalizes Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014 to 2016 and Biodiesel for 2017

As follow-up to my June 23rd blog, on November 30th, the EPA issued the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for conventional and advanced biofuels for 2014, 2015, and 2016 in the United States. The volume requirement for biomass-based diesel,

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Shell Chemical’s Appalachian Petrochemical Complex Based on Marcellus Shale Gas Moves Closer to Fruition

Back in 2011, Shell Chemical received strong local support when it announced plans to build an ethylene and derivatives petrochemical complex based on the large quantities of ethane being produced and available from Marcellus Shale natural gas production. At the

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Challenges to EPA’s Revised Renewable Fuel Standard Requirements

Just before the required deadline of June 1, 2015, the EPA issued proposed percentage standards of renewable fuels for the years 2014 through 2016. The annual volumes associated with the percentage standards are substantially below the volumes established by Congress

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Oil Price Puts a Hold on Sasol’s Westlake GTL Project

With crude oil prices hovering around $50 – $60 per barrel, Sasol announced on Jan. 28 2015 that they are delaying a final investment decision on their proposed 96,000 bpd GTL Project in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. This GTL project is

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US Shale Gas Destined for China?

How is it that US shale gas may end up in China as ethylene and propylene? Several Chinese companies have announced plans to build methanol plants in the US with all or most of the product methanol being transported to

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Small Scale GTL Plants Emerge to Convert Low-Priced Natural Gas to High Value Refined Products

There have been some interesting developments in Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) Gas-to-Liquids (GTL technology), especially for resources where the quantity of natural gas available will not support world-scale plants. Both Sasol and Shell have commercialized their respective GTL technologies in large-scale projects;

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