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Gas2 secures £5.5m for new gas-to-liquids technology

13th March 2012

Technology offers new potential for gas-to-liquids (GTL)

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Pilot gas-to-liquids product in development

Scottish gas company Gas2 has secured GBP 5.5m to develop the next generation of GTL technology including the construction of a pilot reactor plant.

The company believes the technology will allow natural gas to be converted to liquid hydrocarbon more economically and cleanly than has previously been possible with conventional large scale GTL technologies. 

It has also developed a catalytic ceramic based porous membrane (pMRTM) that is used in its gas reforming (Syngas) reactors and fluid forming (Fischer Tropsch) reactors to create liquid hydrocarbons. This is an alternative technical solution to other developers of small to medium GTL who are using micro-channel technology.

The Gas2 approach is expected to result in considerably lower capital (CAPEX) and operational (OPEX) expenditure and a smaller environmental footprint compared to conventional GTL technologies. 

The investment will fund a new pilot reactor plant which will further test and demonstrate the technology on a 0.4 acre site at the specialist petrochemical research Wilton Centre in Cleveland in the North-east of England, and further laboratory work and computerised modelling in Aberdeen.

Mike Fleming, co founder & managing director of Gas2 said:  “We are entering a new and exciting phase with the build of the pilot plant which will validate on a larger scale the commercial viability of the Gas2 process.  We have a unique technology and process, and the commercial prize is great for a successful outcome.”

Applications for the Gas2 GTL technology include stranded gas which could transform the economic viability of smaller, more remote gas reserves as well as shale and unconventional reservoirs. It also will help develop offshore ‘associated’ gas, offering a ‘gas disposal’ solution for unwanted associated gas thereby preventing flaring and enabling the development of remote oilfields where flaring is prohibited and /or gas reinjection wells are expensive or detrimental to reservoir performance.

The pilot plant will be constructed in 2012 with testing underway by the end of the year. The commercialisation phase will commence in 2013. The technology will be commercialised as an integrated GTL system and as standalone Syngas and Fischer Tropsch reactors available on the market.

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