Gas to liquids: A paradigm shift for the oil industry?

Sasol Ltd.'s 150,000 b/d synthetic fuels complex at Secunda, South Africa, was upgraded earlier this year to incorporate the Sasol Advanced Synthol (SAS) process. The upgrade involved replacing 16 circulating fluid-bed reactors with SAS reactors.Click here to enlarge imageGas-to-liquids processing has long held the promise of providing a method of monetizing stranded gas reserves by converting them to petrochemicals or clean, liquid transportation fuels. But financial and technological hurdles have, to date, prevented widespread use of GTL for this purpose.In the view of Sasol Ltd., changing environmental policies and new technological developments will not only improve the commercia...

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