SPECIAL REPORT: GTL production will partially ease regional diesel, naphtha imbalances

Several commercial gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects will come on stream during the next decade. Their effect on the global downstream market, however, should be slight. Following the reported recent cancellation of ExxonMobil Corp.’s GTL project in Qatar, the successful start-up of the remaining projects currently in development would result in only around 11 million tonnes/year (tpy), or 250,000 b/d, of GTL diesel and 4 million tpy (100,000 b/d) of GTL naphtha coming into the market by 2015.Although the announcement by ExxonMobil clearly illustrates the cost pressures being felt by the GTL industry, Wood Mackenzie still believes GTL can be a viable proposition with companies (such as ...

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