Watching the World New niche for gas-to-liquids

What to do with gas has long been a headache for petroleum companies, particularly where a discovery is made a great distance from a market. Supplying gas through pipelines or as liquefied natural gas have long been the main options, though much associated gas has simply been flared. But there is growing interest in gas-to-liquids processes recently, with much of the technology based on the Fischer-Tropsch process, invented in Germany in the 1920s. South Africa's Sasol Ltd. has the most experience of synthetic fuel manufacture in the world, having been set up to produce gasoline from coal when the country was isolated from international markets. Sasol manufactures ...

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