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INTEGRATION OF GTL PLANTS WITH ADJACENT LNG COMPLEX

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019431D
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Opportunities exist for the integration of gas-to-liquids (GTL) facilities with an adjacent liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex. These technologies will access different customers: GTL fuels will service the transportation fuels markets, given that the liquid product has a high energy content, generates low emissions during transport and storage due to low olefins and aromatic content, and has demonstrated excellent engine performance with low emissions of pollutants. LNG fuels will continue to serve the utility and major industrial markets; the production process is energy efficient, and produces a clean and environmentally friendly fuel at low delivery cost to these markets. By having a diverse set of markets, the project economics should be improved, and allow for additional local jobs in spin-off industries.

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INTEGRATION OF GTL PLANTS WITH ADJACENT LNG COMPLEX

         Opportunities exist for the integration of gas-to-liquids (GTL) facilities with an adjacent liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex. These technologies will access different customers: GTL fuels will service the transportation fuels markets, given that the liquid product has a high energy content, generates low emissions during transport and storage due to low olefins and aromatic content, and has demonstrated excellent engine performance with low emissions of pollutants. LNG fuels will continue to serve the utility and major industrial markets; the production process is energy efficient, and produces a clean and environmentally friendly fuel at low delivery cost to these markets. By having a diverse set of markets, the project economics should be improved, and allow for additional local jobs in spin-off industries.

         By having a common site, the specific cost of CO2-free natural gas will be lowered, and the overall economy of scale will be improved when compared with the design and construction of separate facilities. General facilities such as marine, overall infrastructure, and on-site requirements for security, maintenance, training, and personnel can be shared. Gas treating facilities, including the removal and recycle of carbon dioxide, can be integrated. The economics of production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), generated from both GTL and LNG plants, can also be improved.

         A key area for reduction in cost is the integra...