* Velocys buys Pinto Energy in United States
* Pinto is developing plant in Ohio
LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Gas-to-liquid technology developer Velocys Plc has acquired U.S.-based Pinto Energy for an undisclosed sum, the British company said on Wednesday.
Velocys develops technology to produce cleaner fuels from both conventional and renewable sources such as bio-waste.
Due to a surge in natural gas production in the United States, several firms are turning it into lubricant base oils or transport fuels through a technology known as gas-to-liquid refining.
Pinto Energy is a small-scale gas-to-liquid developer which is developing a plant near the port of Ashtabula in Ohio to convert natural gas from the Marcellus shale region into solvents, lubricants and low-carbon transport fuels.
The facility will initially have a capacity of 2,800 barrels per day (bpd), but that could be expanded to 10,000 bpd, Velocys said.
The acquisition of Pinto Energy is a key stepping stone for commercial growth, Velocys Chief Executive Roy Lipski said in a statement. "Our primary mandate remains technology leadership in smaller scale gas-to-liquids," he added. (Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by David Holmes)