PFA’s staff has considerable experience working internationally. Funding for PFA during its inception was in fact generated primarily through international consulting services provided through our subsidiary corporation, Concessions International, Inc. PFA’s long-range international goals include the following:
Natural Gas for fertilizer project:
The purpose of this project is to expand the “green revolution” to many developing countries worldwide. A good example of this “green revolution” is in India, where a relatively small country is able to sustain a population of almost one billion people. However, this revolution has not expanded to many other hungry nations of the world. This is generally because the cost to implement these farming methods is beyond their reach of most indigenous farmers. The main key ingredient is fertilizer, which is cost-prohibitive because it usually must be imported from other countries. However many of these “hungry nations” have considerable undeveloped natural gas deposits, which is the main component in the production of fertilizer.
A good example where the “green revolution” desperately needs to take place is in sub-Sahara Africa, where population is growing rapidly while food production is decreasing. Future famines in Africa are a “given” unless something is done. In Africa the fertility of the land is rapidly declining because of the lack of fertilizers. This area of Africa also has large undeveloped natural gas deposits. Recently in Ethiopia, the introduction of fertilizers increased crop yields several-fold, allowing the country to become self-sustaining in food production. This is a quick turn-around from the scenes of the huge famine that existed in the country not long ago. With increased crop yields, farmers will be able to take much of their harvest to market. However, lack of year-around roads in developing countries is a severe impediment to this process. Just like natural gas, heavy oil and tar sands have generally not been developed by oil companies in developing countries due to lack of large commercial markets. PFA has identified a large number of these deposits, as well as a process of inexpensively processing heavy oil into liquid asphalt to build roads.
Natural Gas for fuel project-
Many oil fields worldwide have associated natural gas that is flared because it has no available market. PFA intends to make arrangements with the owners of this gas to market it locally. We view these gas resources as a possible source of low-cost fuel, and also as a way to generate electricity which can be made available to indigenous populations. This will result in a reduction of ongoing environmental degradation, especially deforestation. Currently PFA is also implementing programs to utilize gas for use as a household (heating and cooking) fuel and to create electricity in developing countries. Specifically our organization intends to provide bottled gas to the indigenous poor, especially where deforestation is occurring because of the current lack of alternative fuels. Gas will also be utilized to run small power plants that will create electricity to areas where no power is available. In many of these developing nations when power is generated it is imported oil that is often used as a fuel. This fuel source makes for very high cost electricity as well a cause of substantial air pollution. In most of the oil fields in developing countries huge volumes of associated natural gas are simply burned to the atmosphere while local people near these oilfields have virtually no supplies of either gas or electricity. Even in developed nations such as Russia almost all the associated natural gas is simply burned or vented to the atmosphere. In many offshore oil fields in developed nations the associated natural gas is “burned off”. It is well known that natural gas can be processed into methanol, which can be directly used as a clean-burning fuel in place of gasoline. This gas, which is underutilized in developing nations, could be converted to methanol and exported, helping solve the air pollution problems in developed nations. In addition recent advances in technologies has resulted in processes, which can directly convert natural gas into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum-based products.
Oil companies exploring for oil have discovered numerous natural gas deposits over the last 50 years. However, as no large commercial market for gas has existed in most developing nations, the finds were simply abandoned. PFA has identified over 2,500 undeveloped gas deposits worldwide, and proposes to develop these deposits to provide cost-effective fertilizers to local farmers. In addition PFA also intends to obtain natural gas that is generally burned off (“flared”) by oil companies because it is a by-product of oil-producing operations, and is perceived to have no large commercial value. (Most people would be surprised to learn that a very large portion of the world’s natural gas production is simply allowed to either be burned or sometimes vented to the atmosphere.) One other potential gas source is the huge methane gas supplies that exist in almost every nation worldwide in deep coal seams.
It should be noted that much of the above mentioned gas can be developed commercially. The primary reason that much of this gas remains underutilized is because it involves relatively small-scale enterprises. International oil companies need large projects to justify development. (With their extensive overhead they generally have no interest in small-scale projects, even if they could turn a profit.
International Project Forecast:
The implementation of our international projects will not be easy. Most small, third world countries are dominated by a small number of major oil companies. These companies are focused on exploration and development of very large fields. PFA intends to benefit these companies by assisting in the development of smaller gas and heavy oil discoveries that would otherwise remain underutilized. A percentage of the fuel from these fields will be used to supply power, local fuel, and fertilizer. Other projects will focus on developing heavy oil to make roads, heating oil and other products.