Old power plant site may provide energy again.

A pilot plant off South Main just outside Houston’s Loop 610 may begin turning bountiful natural gas into more lucrative oil as soon as the end of this year.

Biofuels Power Corp. — so named because of a short-lived effort to generate electricity from animal fat — now plans a small gas-to-liquids plant on the site of a decades-old power plant once operated by Houston’s former electric utility.

The idea is to demonstrate the economics of a small plant, with the goal of turning gas to liquids near well sites that aren’t served by natural gas pipelines.

Skeptics question the whether  gas-to-liquids makes sense on such a small scale.

Rhiannon Meyers has the full story on Houstonchronicle.com.