July 2004

Special Report: LNG and GTL Developments

Consider barge-mounted plant to produce ultra-clean diesel

New gas-to-liquids technologies enable constructing floating production units to develop stranded gas fields

Bigger, J. M., Tomlinson, H. L., Syntroleum Corp.

The global appetite for natural gas (NG) and transportation fuels continues to grow. Yet, a tremendous number of NG fields are deemed as stranded and considered uneconomical to develop via traditional means. However, emerging technologies can convert these stranded gas reserves into liquid fuels that are easily transported to market. Advances in air-based natural gas reforming and Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis technologies have reduced the capital and operating costs of producing FT products from NG. The complete process from reforming through product upgrading is known as gas-to-liquids (GTL). More interesting, a GTL production facility can now be built as a floating/ mobile system.

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