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The latest event in this popular series again brings together industry experts to discuss the latest developments in Gas to Liquids projects and technologies. 

The current economic climate has had serious implications on the oil and gas industry as a whole and it is no different when it comes to GTL. So what does the future hold and what are the views of the stakeholders in this market? Is GTL simply a money-making machine when oil prices are high or is it a serious contender for future-proofing the energy industry?

What is the outlook for GTL technologies in a low oil price scenario?  How can premium markets for GTL products be developed?  What are the recent developments in GTL technologies?  Join industry experts to discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry today at Gas to Liquids 2009.
 

 

Key topics to be addressed:
  • Economics of GTL
  • Legal challenges to GTL development
  • Funding GTL projects in the current economic climate
  • Comparing GTL to other ways of monetising gas
  • Developing premium markets for GTL products
  • Process and catalyst technology developments
  • GTL reactions - electrically activated catalysis process


SMi brings over a decade of experience in developing this successful Gas-to-Liquids conference.  Join project operators, technology developers and the pioneers driving forward GTL projects to:
 


*Construction work on Pearl GTL. Image courtesy of Shell

  • Gain key insights into the most successful GTL projects
  • Understand the economics of GTL in changing and challenging times
  • Learn how to develop premium markets for GTL products
  • Benefit from an exciting end-user perspective
  • Realise the dynamics of small scale GTL
  • Evaluate the latest technological and regional developments
  • Appreciate how GTL works in various niche markets

This is an ideal chance to become part of a stimulating conference, designed to create the perfect setting for the exchange of ideas and networking opportunities.  SMi presents focused, business led conferences, tailored to meet the demands of industry.  Make sure the conference provides you with the information and networking you need to succeed. 

Feedback from SMi's past GTL conferences:

“It has been an excellent conference…The combination of Operational Business (Oryx),
developmental (EGTL, GTLpetrol), new development (Australia), financing and process modelling is excellent."
PetroSA – GTL 2008

“Overall very enjoyable and interesting”
BP International – GTL 2008

“Very wide range of presentations and attendees helped to provide a good overall perspective for GTL & CTL”
Bechtel – GTL 2007

“SMi conferences always have better depth, detail and variety than others.”
Dow Jones Newswires– GTL 2007

“The conference was well run and very interesting with a good mix of speakers.”
CB&I– GTL 2007

 

SMi’s 2008 conference attracted over 100 attendees, from organisations including:

Air Liquide S A · Air Products Plc · Axens · BP International Ltd · BUCHEN-ICS b.v. · Capital International Ltd · Central Petroleum · CEPSA QUIMICA · Chevron Australia · Chevron Nigeria · CIC Energy Corp · Davy Process Technology · Dresser-Rand (UK) Ltd · Engineers India Limited · Eni SPA · Exxaro Resources Ltd · Forbes Communications Limited · Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd · Gas2 Ltd · GTLpetrol LLC · IFP · IHS · International Paint Ltd · Johnson Matthey Catalysts USA · KBC Process Technology Ltd · KIRAM · Korea Institute of Energy Research · Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology · Linc Energy ·  Lurgi AG ·   M W Kellogg Ltd · Marathon Oil  · Neste Oil Corporation  · Nexant Ltd · Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  · OMG  · Oryx GTL · Oxford Catalysts Group Plc · Pall Corporation · PetroSA · Process Systems Enterprise · Qatar Petroleum  · Research Institute Of Petroleum Industry (Ripi) · Sasol Chevron  · Sasol Qatar  · Sasol Technology  · Schlumberger · Shell Gas & Power  · Shell International Petroleum Co Ltd · Siemens · Simmons & Simmons · SNGN ROMGAZ SA · Standard Chartered Bank · StatoilHydro ASA · Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Ltd  · Technip Italy SpA · Ventech Engineers · Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft  · Warwick Energy Ltd · Wood Mackenzie · ZIMNRG Plc

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

9:10 PEARL GTL - AN UPDATE

James Humfrey

James Humfrey, General Manager, XTL Marketing Development, Shell International Petroleum

  • Update and latest information on Pearl progress
  • Marketing outlook
  • 9:50 COMMERCIALIZATION OF BP'S FIXED BED FT TECHNOLOGY

    Ian Davison

    Ian Davison, Business Development Manager, Conversion Technology, BP International

  • Details to be confirmed
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 JAPAN-GTL DEMONSTRATION PLANT (500BPD) IN OPERATION

    Arata Nakamura

    Arata Nakamura, General Manager, Project Planning Department, Nippon GTL Technology Research Association

  • First time ever - allowing for natural gas containing carbon dioxide to be used directly
  • Advancing towards the goal of achieving a stable energy supply for Japan and harmony with the global environment
  • 11:40 ECONOMICS OF GTL

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

  • What is the impact of the current economic climate?       
  • Impact of low oil prices on commercial attractiveness of GTL projects
  • Impact of gas prices on GTL projects
  • Wider impacts – raw materials, labour costs etc. 
  • Outlook
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 LEGAL CHALLENGES TO GTL DEVELOPMENT

    Adrian Nizzola

    Adrian Nizzola, Of Counsel, Simmons & Simmons

  • Unique legal issues presented by GTL projects
  • Issues in securing project financing
  • Ensuring long term catalyst supply
  • Tailoring performance tests for new technology
  • Structuring offtake agreement for unique products
  • Managing the EPC contractor building new technology
  • Balancing the risk between owner and technology provider
  • 14:30 FUNDING GTL PROJECTS IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE

    Robert Clews

    Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

  • Financing options
  • Risks
  • Impact of financial constraints on GTL project finances
  • Issues in securing project financing
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 HOW DOES GTL COMPARE TO OTHER WAYS OF MONETISING GAS?

    Kerry-Anne Shanks

    Kerry-Anne Shanks, Managing Consultant, Wood Mackenzie

  • Impact of economic crisis on attractiveness LNG and other ways of monetising gas
  • How does GTL compare?
  • Commercial outlook
  • 16:20 DEVELOPING PREMIUM MARKETS FOR GTL PRODUCTS

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim, President, E-Meta Venture

  • Who uses GTL products?
  • Experience in getting GTL products to market
  • What sort of premium should GTL products command?
  • Developing the right markets with the right prices for GTL products
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

    9:10 GTL DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAN

    Narsi Ghorban

    Narsi Ghorban, Managing Director, Narkangan GTL International

  • An overview of the potential of GTL in Iran
  • Doing the relevant groundwork in terms of securing permits
  • How GTL can solve Iran’s petroleum product imports and increase crude export
  • Partnering with the right technology providers and supporting local technology development
  • Challenges remaining
  • 9:50 THE BENEFITS OF PRECIOUS METALS IN GTL CATALYSTS

    Bernard Crewdson

    Bernard Crewdson, GTL Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey Catlysts

  • Catalyst challenges in the production of synthesis gas
  • The use of precious metals to ensure increased efficiency
  • Developing improved F-T catalysts
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AROUND GASEL™: TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS FOR XTL PROJECTS

    Eric Caprani

    Eric Caprani, GTL Project Manager, Axens

  • Axens vision of the future XTL projects
  • Axens FT+Upgrading offer: GaselTM
  • Technological challenges in the XTL chain – Axens solutions around GaselTM
  • 11:40 NEW APPROACHES TO REDUCING GAS FLARING

  • Methane conversion research
  • Small scale technologies
  • Global gas flaring potential for small and medium scale
  • Economic, environmental impacts
  • Walter Breidenstein

    Walter Breidenstein, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Gas Technologies LLC

    Nathan Pawlak

    Nathan Pawlak, CTO & CFO, Gas Technologies LLC

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 MONETISATION OF STRANDED GAS IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

    John Heugh

    John Heugh, Managing Director, Central Petroleum

  • Tyranny of distance and infrastructure
  • Dynamics of DOMGAS and CBM to LNG developments in Australia
  • Value adding imperative for Central Australia
  • Scale and type of gas resources available including CBM and UCG
  • Novel value adding pathways
  • Why GTL or GTF is the best alternative
  • 14:30 THE PROGRESS OF UCG TO GTL AND ITS GEOGRAPHIC GROWTH AND POTENTIAL

  • What’s happening globally and why - Australia, Vietnam, USA
  • Opportunities and development challenges
  • Case study
  • Peter Bond

    Peter Bond, Managing Director, Linc Energy

    Kobus  Terblanche

    Kobus Terblanche, General Manager, Gas to Liquids, Linc Energy

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE TECHNOLOGY APPROACH TO IMPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

    John  Baron

    John Baron , Business Development, EPC Contractors, Honeywell Process Solutions

  • Traditional construction approaches tend to delay GTL from reaching full working capacity
  • I-MAC - enabling simplified and accelerated procurement and construction techniques for automation and related technology
  • The enhancement of entire plant lifecycle management - from conception to startup, to full operational readiness
  • 16:20 GTL REACTIONS - ELECTRICALLY ACTIVATED CATALYSIS PROCESS

    Juzer Jangbarwala

    Juzer Jangbarwala, Chief Executive Officer, Energix Research

  • Using low cost graphite nanofibers as catalyst substrates
  • Increasing selectivity, GHSV and yield by means of a small electrical current through the catalyst
  • Proven improvements in steam reforming to hydrogen reactions
  • Preliminary "qualitative" data for syn gas, methanol and F-T reactions
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    GTL Economics in Turbulent Times
    Workshop

    GTL Economics in Turbulent Times

    Marriott Hotel Regents Park
    26th October 2009
    London, United Kingdom

    Gas to Methanol - Reducing Process Complexity
    Workshop

    Gas to Methanol - Reducing Process Complexity

    Marriott Hotel Regents Park
    26th October 2009
    London, United Kingdom

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