August 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Rising oil cost spurs new appeal of GTL process

The perceived competition between LNG and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) GTL is neither for markets (LNG serves the utilities market; F-T GTL serves the transportation fuels markets), nor for gas resources, sa..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The perceived competition between LNG and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) GTL is neither for markets (LNG serves the utilities market; F-T GTL serves the transportation fuels markets), nor for gas resources, says a new analysis from SRI Consulting (www.sriconsulting.com). Rather, capital investment is the competitive factor, since F-T GTL and LNG value chains will initially be of similar size and have similar order-of-magnitude capitalization requirements. "The rising cost of oil has sparked a renewed interest in GTL production," says Ronald Smith, SRI Consulting Senior Consultant. "Fischer-Tropsch GTL is poised to become an increasingly important component of the world's energy supply as produc

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