January 2013

Special Report: LNG/Gas Processing Developments

Viability of GTL for the North American gas market

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

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 Considering that there are 750 Tcf of technically recoverable shale gas resources in the Lower 48 states, the shale gas portion of the US’ overall dry gas production is forecast to rise to 40%–50% over the next two decades.1,2,3 Likewise, in Canada, the t

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