SOURCE: Axial Vector Energy Corp.

September 02, 2010 05:53 ET

Axial Vector Energy Corporation JV Partner, Petrosonics LLC, Awarded Patent in India, the World's 4th Largest Oil Consumer

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA--(Marketwire - September 2, 2010) - Axial Vector Energy Corporation ("AVEC") (PINKSHEETS: AXVC) announced today that its PETRO AVEC JV partner, Petrosonics LLC, was recently awarded a patent in India, protecting the process of removing sulfur from all types of crude oil fractions through sonic energy, oxidation and the removal of all of the oxidized sulfur through hydrotreatment. The patent will remain in force for 20 years.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, India had approximately 5.6 billion barrels of proven oil reserves as of January 2010, the second-largest amount in the Asia-Pacific region after China. India produced roughly 880 thousand barrels per day (bbl/d) of total oil in 2009 from over 3,600 operating oil wells. Approximately 680 thousand bbl/d was crude oil, the remainder was other liquids and refinery gain. In 2009, India consumed nearly 3 million bbl/d, making it the fourth largest consumer of oil in the world. EIA expects approximately 100 thousand bbl/d annual consumption growth through 2011.

According to the Oil and Gas Journal, India had 2.8 million bbl/d of crude oil refining capacity at 18 facilities as of January 1, 2010. India has the fifth largest refinery capacity in the world. In 2009, privately-owned Reliance Industries added another refinery to its Jamnagar complex to raise the entire complex's refining capacity from 660,000 bbl/d to 1.24 million bbl/d. The Jamnagar complex is the largest oil refinery complex in the world.

Other key upcoming refinery projects include Essar Oil's Vadinar refinery expansion of 110,000 bbl/d in 2011, 120,000 bbl/d greenfield refinery in Bina in 2011 by a joint venture between Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Oman Oil Company Limited, a 180,000 bbl/d grassroots refinery in Bhatinda in 2014 by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, and IOC's grassroots Paradeep refinery of 300,000 bbl/d in 2015. India is slated to add 840 thousand bbl/d of refining capacity through 2015 based on currently proposed projects.

Due to expectations of higher demand for petroleum products in the region, further investment in the Indian refining sector is likely. As part of the country's 11th Five Year Plan from 2007 to 2012, the government would like to promote India as a competitive refining destination, and industry experts expect the country to be an exporter of refined products to Asia in the near future.

To support India's energy security, India is constructing a strategic petroleum reserve (SPR). The first storage facility at Visakhapatnam will hold approximately 9.8 million bbls of crude (1.33 million tons) and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011. The second facility at Mangalore will have a capacity of nearly 11 million bbls (1.5 million tons) and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. The third facility of Padur, also scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012, will have a capacity of nearly 18.3 million bbls (2.5 million tons). The selection of coastal storage facilities was made so that the reserves could be easily transported to refineries during a supply disruption. The SPR project is being managed by the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited (ISPRL), which is part of Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB), a state-controlled organization. India does not have any strategic crude oil stocks at this time.

AVEC Chairman Sam Higgins noted, "This long expected patent is key to our previously announced desire to license PETRO AVEC technology throughout India through cross-licensing by a large Indian oil company. It's taken far longer than we anticipated to get approval from the Indian patent office but, now that that's transpired, we're free to conclude licensing discussions. This is an important development."

PETRO-AVEC LLC is a joint venture between AVEC and Petrosonics LLC to develop, finance and market Petrosonics sulfur removal technology globally. The joint venture is owned 60% by Petrosonics LLC and 40% by AVEC.

About Petrosonics, LLC
Petrosonics, LLC is a privately held, U.S. based oil refining and production technology company. Petrosonics' patented products and services utilize high power ultrasound energy in order to reduce sulfur, nitrogen, and trace metals in refinery intermediates and product streams. Intermediates and product streams receiving the Petrosonics treatment show reductions in oil density and viscosity, reduced hydrogen use/loss, and increases in API specific gravity and volume. The proprietary Petrosonics technology has additional application in treating and/or pretreating sour crude oils. Petrosonics was formed in 2001 by Mark Cullen, M.D. Dr. Cullen was previously the President and CEO of SulphCo. Today, Petrosonics has acquired and continues to expand its patent portfolio for all of the significant intellectual property associated with ultrasound assisted oxidative desulphurization of oil fractions and the upgrade and desulphurization of crude oil.

About Axial Vector Energy Corporation
Axial Vector Energy Corporation (AVEC) is a global solutions provider that owns, develops, invest in and licenses revolutionary technologies including, internal combustion engine and electric power generator technologies that have unlimited potential in military, industrial and commercial applications. AVEC and its partners are positioned to become unrivalled leaders in international engine and energy markets with technologies that produce more efficient, cost effective, environmentally sensitive and versatile solutions for use in a wide variety of important applications around the world.

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