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Qatar, Shell bring new GTL jet fuel to market

01.11.2013  | 

GTL jet fuel blended with synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar is now flowing into airplane tanks at Doha International Airport.

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Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Airways and Royal Dutch Shell have teamed up to unveil a new aviation jet fuel. Gas-to-liquids (GTL) jet fuel blended with synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar is now flowing into airplane tanks at Doha International Airport. 

The companies claim this is the first new aviation fuel to be approved globally in two decades. 

Representatives from the Qatari government and executives from Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Airways and Shell attended the inaugural fueling of a Qatar Airways aircraft with GTL jet fuel at the airport. A Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 plane (Flight QR001) made history by being the first to fly outbound from Doha International Airport, en route to London Heathrow, using GTL jet fuel.

This is a significant milestone for the giant onshore Pearl GTL complex, which was jointly developed by Qatar Petroleum and Shell and is the largest energy project in Qatar.

Fully approved for use as an aviation fuel, GTL jet fuel is a blend of up to 50% GTL SPK meeting the requirements of ASTM-D-7566 and conventional crude oil-derived standard jet fuel (Jet A-1).

The chairman of Qatar Petroleum offered some prepared remarks to celebrate this achievement. He said: "The production of GTL jet fuel is a great achievement for Pearl GTL and the state of Qatar. GTL jet fuel will be supplied into the wider jet fuel pool at Doha International Airport, enabling the state of Qatar to enjoy the benefits of this product. It is indeed a historic moment for Qatar that the first aviation fuel to be approved globally in the last 20 years originates in Qatar."

GTL jet fuel from the Pearl GTL plant is marketed by Tasweeq for use solely within Qatar. The first production cargo of GTL jet fuel left the Pearl GTL plant on December 17, 2012, and was used in the inaugural flight departing from Doha International Airport.



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mounira
01.17.2013

would you please send me the test results of this new jetfuel .iam intereseted to see it

Theo Aarnink
01.16.2013

This is a good step in the way to reduce the sulphur level in JetA1. The spec is still 0.3 % maximum and practice is that it ranges from almost 0 to indeed 0.2 %. This makes it difficult to use pipelines to transport the fuel with batches of 10 ppm sulfur automotive diesel. What do the air plane engine producers think of the GTL JetA1?

Anwar R. Al- KAthiri
01.15.2013

I believe it will be a big jump in aviation industry. Can we know the technical high lights of producing it. Thank you.

M.J.Sastry
01.15.2013

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS,QATAR GETTING RICHER FURTHER
MAY BE THE TIME TO INITIATE JOINT VENTURES WITH NEEDY COUNTRIES
GROWING GLOBAL NEEDS OF FUELS FOR TRANSPORTATION
BEST WISHES AGAIN
SASTRY

Jaime Barcena
01.15.2013

What is the trade mark of gtl plant used for Qatar an Royal Shell to get te syntetic turbosine indeed, just to fly aero bus aircraft ...

I would like to kow process condition from tha facilty like temperature and pressure to obtain syntetic gas (He and CO) and what is the ratio between H2/CO ...

Nassereddin Eftekhar
01.14.2013

No mentioning whether the new GTL jet fuel is environmentally a step forward or backward?

MAXIMO CARDENAS
01.14.2013

This is a very importante news by the way of the best use of natural gas in the market supply of Jet fuel.

Would be importante to know about the impact in the price of Jet fuel, and if the limite for the blend (50%) is technic or economic.

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