August 2013

Bonus Report: LNG Developments

World’s largest GTL facility turns to LIMS for enhanced operations

Pearl GTL is using a new laboratory information management system (LIMS) to manage, analyze and integrate data that keeps the plant functioning securely and efficiently.

Thurston, C., Thermo Fisher Scientific

Established by Shell and Qatar Petroleum in 2006, Pearl GTL is the largest gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the world. GTL is the conversion of natural gas to liquid fuels and other products, including gasoil, naphtha, kerosine, n-paraffin and lubricants. Pearl GTL has a capacity of 140,000 barrels per day (bpd) of these products and 120,000 bpd of liquefied petroleum gas. The data produced by the facility’s quality control program is tremendous: More than 30,000 content, volume, emissions and equipment measurements are transmitted at any given time. With the integrity of its brand, the safety of its workers and the profitability of its enterprise on the line, Pearl GTL turned to a l

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