|The Statoil/PetroSA F-T reactor is integrated into the existing production flow at Mossel Bay. Click to enlarge.|
Statoil, together with PetroSA (formerly Mossgas) and Lurgi, has successfully demonstrated its gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology for the production of synthetic fuels and chemicals. The three partners formed GTL.F1 last year, a company that will scale up and commercialize the GTL technology.
The partners began building the demonstration plant at PetroSA’s existing 30,000 bpd GTL production complex at Mossel Bay in South Africa in 2004. The demonstration plant uses synthesis gas produced by the existing GTL plant, and the products are integrated into the existing refining, blending and storage facilities.
The demonstration unit is of semi-commercial size (1,000 barrels per day) and the reactor itself is the world’s largest in its class. The GTL complex began continuous operation in May 2006 and it has produced as planned in much of this time.
Statoil’s technology includes a patented catalyst and slurry phase reactor design that promise higher product yield, reduced capital investment, lower CO2 emissions and possibly increased train size. Development work has focused on improving catalyst selectivity and efficiency.
This is a breakthrough for Statoil’s and our partner’s GTL technology. Our goal is to demonstrate and ready the technology for full-scale production. This we have now achieved.
This places Statoil in a position to take part in gas projects that require a GTL solution.— Roger Johansen, Vice President, Statoil
|Rendering of a Statoil offshore GTL ship|
Statoil is interested, among other applications, in designing offshore GTL ships that could process stranded gas (gas from fields too remote or not of sufficient size to produce and transport economically) into product.