Value added synthetic fluids key to Mossgas' success

While most economic analyses of the gas-to-liquid (GTL) ventures focus on feed costs and investment capital, Mossgas' experience suggests that the ability to make value-added products is the key to commercial GTL profitability.Government-owned Mossgas (Pty) Ltd., Mossel Bay, South Africa, operates an offshore production platform to feed its onshore GTL plant. With the exception of Shell's Bintulu, Malaysia, GTL plant (which is down for reformer repairs after a major fire), Mossgas has the only GTL plant today that uses natural gas as a feed.The plant has a production capacity of about 30,000 b/sd of refined products.The conception of the Mossgas synfuels mega venture in 1987 was mad...

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