The Gas to Liquid
In GTL (Gas to Liquids) natural gas is chemically converted into clean fuels and other valuable products. GTL is complementary to LNG and pipelines and helps countries to diversify their energy supplies. Moreover gas-based products are inherently cleaner than oil products.
The Shell GTL process, being the result of a continuous research and development effort since the 1970’s, provides a monetising option for natural gas.
Shell’s proprietary GTL technology or SMDS (Shell Middle Distillates Synthesis), will be discussed in some detail. The presentation also covers the challenges for successful implementation of GTL projects. Shell is well positioned to take a lead in the industry on the basis of its long standing and broad experience in GTL research, plant operations, marketing and excellent track record in mega projects in the last thirty years.
Shell’s commitment to GTL is best demonstrated by the effort being invested in preparing a 140,000 bpd, 6 billion dollar (including upstream) project for Qatar Petroleum. The project is known as Pearl GTL.
A key success
factor is Shell’s experience with marketing quantities of high quality GTL
products from its 12,500 barrels per day plant at