Financial commitments brighten 2001 GTL prospects

The stage is set in 2001 for major developments in the conversion of natural gas to synthetic petroleum using Fischer-Tropsch technology. Royal Dutch/Shell Group's Shell International Gas Ltd. in 2000 announced that it was studying some $6 billion in spending for 70,000-75,000-b/d GTL plants in Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, and Trinidad. The project in Egypt would also involve a single-train LNG facility. Several factors are influencing the GTL industry starting the new century, including continued emphasis on environmental issues facing the petroleum industry. The economics for Fischer-Tropsch GTL conversion have dropped to less than $25,000/bsd ($20,000/bsd for Royal Dutch/Shell Group's Shell...

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