GTLtec 08 to Discuss the Recent Developments and Progress

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Committed to its GTL agenda, the 7th GTLTec 08 will again boost Qatar's clean fuels mission with an impressive summit of GTL leaders evaluating latest technologies and progress. Supported by Qatar Petroleum, this annual event held under the Patronage of H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister for Minister of Energy & Industry and the Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, is seen as the vital bridge that connects the government with enterprise thus accelerating the transfer and takeup of bold and important new discoveries, technologies and solution developments in Qatar's Gas to Liquids projects.

CMT has since 2000 hosted this forum in conjunction with Qatar's GTL plans in meeting some of the world's future liquid fuel requirements. "GTL is the fuel of future," al-Attiyah had said at the launch of Pearl GTL, the world's largest GTL project. Since the launch on GTL, several contracts and joint-ventures have been successfully formed while million dollar investments poured in. Construction of the 140,000 barrels- per-day Pearl GTL project is on schedule and expected to start up by the end of the decade," according to Shell.

Meanwhile, Sasol claims to have substantially overcome the technical problems afflicting its high-profile Oryx GTL joint venture and announced that the plant will hit full capacity by 2008. As the world watches on, Oryx performance in accomplishing this high-profile project may become the shop window for the gas-to-liquids industry.

In the meantime, GTL pursuit are sprouting into small to mid-sized applications in Iran, Trinidad & Tobago, Australia and Papua New Guinea, all of which will be evaluated at GTLTec08. On these smaller scale GTL projects, we have invited Velocys to discuss offshore applications of GTL projects, Department of Industry & Resources to talk about Australia's future on GTL. Delegates this year will also get a global insight into the future of GTL from presentations on Iran's gas monetization plans to GTL development plans of Trinidad & Tobago and Papua New Guinea.

In essence, a typical GTL technology is a process of synthesising liquid hydrocarbons from natural gas through two broad technologies: a direct conversion from gas where steam reforming is carried out in a fired heater with catalyst-filled tubes that produces a syngas with at least a 5:1 hydrogen to carbon monoxide ratio [2].Indirect conversion can be carried out via Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis or via methanol. For those new to the industry, there is a pre-conference Fischer-Tropsch workshop designed and led by 2 renowned experts, Dr Rafael Espinoza and Mr Phillip Gibson to address typical issues for both large and small size plants.

Parallel to the emergence of clean fuels, the energy and carbon efficiencies of GTL remain a technical challenge. Studies have shown GTL fuels lower carbon-monoxide and nitrogen-oxide levels by 50 percent, particulate matter by 66 percent, and hydrocarbon emissions by 600 percent. Hence CMT have invited Sasol Technologies to share their next generation technologies that will see improvements in carbon efficient GTL processes. Argonne Laboratory will also give a comparative analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of GTL, CTL & BTL.

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A global organizer HQ in Singapore, CMT is dedicated to the provision of latest business and technology information through high profile conferences for varied industries. CMT forums encircle the globe from Asia Pacific to Middle East to New Europe/Russia and the Americas. In 25 years of operation, CMT has organized industry specific conferences on Liquid Natural Gas, and LPG, ground breaking summit on technologies like Coal to Liquids, Gas to Liquids, and Bio-mass to Liquid, and alternative energy or future fuels forums like Biodiesel, Biofuels and Ethanol and many more. Visit http://www.cmtevents.com for further information about us.

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