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Viability of GTL for the North American gas market

01.01.2013  |  Salehi, E. ,  Hatch Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, CanadaNel, W.,  Hatch Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, CanadaSave, S. ,  Hatch Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

New developments in FT technology will enable economically viable gas-to-liquids (GTL) facilities at a smaller scale, compared with existing industrial facilities.

Keywords: [shale gas] [GTL] [natural gas] [upgrading] [reactors] [construction]

New developments in horizontal drilling, in combination with hydraulic fracturing, have greatly expanded producers’ ability to recover natural gas and oil from shale plays in North America. High shale gas activity has increased dry shale gas production in the US by around five times—from 1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2006 to 4.8 Tcf in 2010—which is over 20% of the dry natural gas production volume in the US.1,2

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Walter James O'Brien

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