GTL pilot tests method aimed at cost cuts

Gas2, Aberdeen, has produced hydrocarbon liquids at low rates from natural gas with a technology it says can reduce costs in small gas-to-liquids plants.

The proprietary technology uses a catalytic ceramic-based semipermeable membrane in reactor cores for synthesis gas production and Fischer-Tropsch processing. Gas2 says it eliminates the compression stage common in GTL processes between syngas and FT reactors.

Formed in 2005 with the award of an exclusive license from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, the company, recently produced 3 b/d of liquids at its Wilton Research Centre pilot plant in Teesside, UK.

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