December 2001

Misc

Got gas!!!!

The recent uptake for gas-to-liquid (GTL) projects is boiling up.Primary drivers for GTL announcements are fuel issues, environmentand, most important, money. So, why all the interest intechnologies t..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The recent uptake for gas-to-liquid (GTL) projects is boiling up. Primary drivers for GTL announcements are fuel issues, environment and, most important, money. So, why all the interest in technologies that have been around for quite some time? GTL is based on syngas conversion technology - the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process, which was commercialized in the mid-1930s. Yet, several major technology / oil companies are jumping on the GTL bandwagon. Why? Well, it's all about money. Money. Many major E&P companies have discovered gas while exploring for crude oil and are vitally interested in developing these gas reserves. Yet, the majority of this gas is deemed to be stranded.

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