Asian markets present little near-term opportunity for GTL fuels

Although the future of gas to liquids (GTL) is promising, the industry seems to be over-doing it with grandiose plans. About 300,000 to 400,000 b/d of GTL diesel may be in the marketplace within 5 years. In Asia, a major potential market, there may not be enough demand for sulfur-free GTL products for them to garner a substantial premium.Introduction of sulfur-free diesel in the European Union and US by 2010 or possibly earlier may create the best opportunity for GTL. Asia may also move to sulfur-free diesel but later.In general, therefore, the natural home for GTL in this decade appears to be Europe or the US, not Asia.GTL and gas utilizationThe GTL industry has been around since 1923 wh...

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