Sasol, a producer of synthetic fuels, showcased its knowledge in gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology at the 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium (NGCS) in Doha, Qatar
Marjo Louw, country president at Sasol Qatar, said, "The NGCS is an ideal platform for Sasol to showcase not only our innovative technology, but the commercial application that has led to our world-leading position in synthetic fuels.
"Natural gas has emerged as a major component in the global power generation market, but until recently it lacked the versatility to address other pressing energy needs. We must work together to drive commercial acceptance of GTL products," he added.
Hosted by the Natural Gas Conversion Board and Texas A&M University at Qatar,NGCS 10 was titled, 'Gas Conversion: The Clean Energy of the Future'.
Philip Gibson of Sasol Technology spoke on 'The Importance of Fundamental Insight for Accelerating the Development of a Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Catalyst Regeneration Process', while Alex Vogel, also from Sasol Technology, spoke on 'Intensification of the Sasol SPD Reactor – Realising Potential.'
The commercial session was capped by a keynote by Louw on 'Unlocking GTL Value at Scale: Stability and Efficiency.'
Louw reiterated the future ahead for GTL given the rapid increase in gas production and an indication that the dissociation between oil and natural gas prices is expected to continue.
Gibson's presentation focused on the catalyst, a crucial element in the economic viability of the gas conversion process.
The symposium, held for the first time in Qatar, took place at the Ritz-Carlton hotel from 2-7 March 2013.