Gas-to-liquids projects gaining momentum as process list grows

Control room at Shell's Middle Distillate Synthesis plant at Bintulu. Photo courtesy of Shell. A section of the 12,500 b/d Shell MDS plant at Bintulu, Sarawak, shows, from right, the Shell gasification process unit, the hydrogen manufacturing unit, and heavy paraffin synthesis reactors. Shell is nearest to full scale gas-to-liquids production. Although it produces liquid fuels, this unique niche plant's small capacity makes its financial success dependent on sale of high value waxes. Photo courtesy of Shell. David Knott Senior Editor Simplified process flow scheme [29611 bytes] Slurry phase reactor [24722 bytes] Sasol's expected capacity increases [42010 bytes]...

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