The infrastructure for a surge in synfuels production : the potential role of the AE&C industry and owner operators

by Leland Johnson, Christopher Worthing


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The purpose of this study is to determine the degree to which the architectural, engineering, and construction (AE&C) industry and potential owner-operators have, or can obtain, the human and organizational resources to support rapid development of a commercial synfuels program. The study focuses on (1) the initial or "first-round" capability to design and build simultaneously numerous plants of commercial size; (2) the "second-round" capability of the industry, drawing from first-round experience; (3) the ways in which capabilities could be expanded; (4) the rapidity with which capabilities built up from experience with early commercial synfuels plants would atrophy if a pause were to occur in the construction of follow-on synfuels plants; and (5) the speed with which these capabilities would be recovered if, after a delay, additional plants were built.

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