April 2010

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Upgrade syngas production

Advancements of synthesis gas processes are key to improved GTL profitability

R. BONNEAU, IFP, Lyon, France Texas      Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Syngas production is often used to better manage hydrocarbon feedstocks at the molecular level. The syngas production unit from natural gas accounts for the largest part of the total investment cost of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which uses the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process. Special attention should be directed on decreasing processing cost. In addition, proven syngas production processes have existed for many years. But it is necessary to propose significant improvements when optimizing fuel production using the FT process and increase profitability. Different

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