Turning Shale and Asphalt into Oil

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An Israeli company intends to revolutionize oil production by recycling oil shale rock into high quality fuel. Haifa-based A.F.S.K Hom Tov recently demonstrated its patented method of extracting high quality oil and natural gas from a mixture of bitumen and oil shale rock. Bitumen – or asphalt – is the residue obtained by distillation of crude oil.

Experts predict the process will return oil at just $25 dollars a barrel and the additional natural gas produced would further boost the financial feasibility. With crude oil prices currently floating over the $50 a barrel mark, this proposed method is generating interest around the world. “The world is looking for a replacement for oil supplies,” says attorney Moshe Shahal, a former Israeli energy minister and today the legal representative for Hom Tov.

The Hom-Tov process uses oil shale as a catalyst to extract combustible organic material from the residual bitumen byproduct of crude oil refineries. The end product from the process can easily be refined into high-grade petroleum and other fuels. At present, oil refineries produce countless tons of bitumen residue every year that have little practical use or economic benefit and are an environmental hazard.

As a further bonus, the process converts the oil shale rock into a dry fuel in which the inorganic rock structure traps dangerous gases, such as sulfurous materials, preventing pollutant emissions to the atmosphere. The dry fuel byproduct could be burnt to power the Hom-Tov process itself as well provide additional electricity for the national grid. “The Hom-Tov process is energy self-sustained,” says Professor Zeev Aizenshtat, an energy resource expert and professor of chemistry and applied chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Aizenshtat has followed the development of the Hom-Tov process for more than a decade and now acts as an expert consultant for the company.

January 15, 2007 | 1 Comment »

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  1. Israel, Gives us a call, maybe we can make a deal. Here in Texas we have the Fort Worth Basin-Barnett Shale. The Barnett Shale is a 6,000 + square-mile natural gas source bed rock stretching over 16 to 21 North Texas counties – and it is still actively being discovered.

    The United States Geological Survey estimates that the Barnett Shale field contains 27 trillion cubic feet of gas and estimates of the size of Barnett Shale’s reserves are rapidly increasing.

    Texas is a pro-Israel Red-State and rates #1 for business environment in the US – Of the 26 largest Corporate expansions last year in the US, 13 chose Texas.

    We’ve got the goods, you’ve got the know how, let’s put it all together and put Russia and OPEC out of business.

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