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Aim of the workshop:

The commissioning of Shell's massive Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Qatar is imparting new momentum to an industry that has seen its share of disappointments over the past decade. Pearl will more than double world-wide production of GTL. It will also make billions of dollars a year for Shell.

As the industry looks to the coming decade, the fundamentals are lining up in favour of GTL as never before. Several technologies are now proven at scale, and new small-scale technologies are on their way to fruition. Natural gas is more plentiful - and thus cheaper – than we thought, thanks to the shale-gas revolution, while markets for oil products are expected  to tighten. Finally, construction and finance costs have eased from their recent highs. For GTL, the future has never looked brighter.

This seminar will explore all aspects of the GTL value chain, providing a thorough analysis of the industry, as well as exploring how it is likely to move forward in coming years.

About your workshop leader:

Alex Forbes, Gas to Liquid

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications Limited

Alex Forbes is an independent energy journalist and consultant, having spent his entire career covering the electricity, natural gas and oil industries. He specialises in the energy industries of the Middle East and North Africa, travelling to the region frequently, especially to Qatar, which has become a world leader in LNG and GTL production. Alex has undertaken a broad range of consulting assignments, especially in the fields of LNG and GTL. He takes a particular interest in the GTL industry and has chaired and spoken at many GTL conferences.

 

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and Coffee

14:00 Industry overview

15:00 GTL technology

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 GTL economics

16:30 Marketing GTL

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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