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For the gas-to-liquids (GTL) industry, the past decade was one of significant achievements but also one of disappointments. The coming decade, in contrast, looks very promising. Two proprietary technologies have been proven at world scale, and other technology providers are on the threshold of proving their technologies at commercial scale. Market fundamentals look more supportive than ever, with oil prices expected to remain strong and natural gas prices, in some markets at least, looking soft for the foreseeable future. Little wonder, for example, that attention has turned to North America as a potential location for new world-scale GTL plants. As Shell’s Pearl GTL plant ramps up to full production in Qatar, the profitability of GTL will be amply demonstrated. This single project will materially impact the financial and production profiles of one of the world’s largest energy companies.

 

The industry is now 14 months on from Pearls first gas flow in Qatar, a major milestone for the GTL industry which has been focused on developments and construction for so many years.
SMi’s 15th annual Gas to Liquids conference will play host to some of the key industry leaders and experts over two days as we discuss future of GTL through a series of project updates, case studies, technology sessions, and interactive panel discussions. With global shale gas reserves having the potential to reshape the GTL market and new technologies being proven at scale this event continues to establish itself as the key GTL event of the year.
 

Image courtesy of CompactGTL. CompactGTL’s modular gas solution demonstration plant in Brazil. Technology now approved for commercial deployment by Petrobras’s Research & Development Centre CENPES.

The event will bring together key industry leaders and experts over three days, as they discuss the future of GTL through a series of project updates, case studies, technology sessions, and interactive panel discussions. The conference will also offer plenty of occasions to network with your peers during our informal breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches and new for 2012 an evening reception and dinner.
 

 

Delegates from the 2011 conference had this to say about their experiences

"exceptionally enlightening" NNPC

"excellent mix of topics, seasoned and knowledgable speakers. Very productive use of time" Chevron

"good conference, good detail" BP

"straight to the point and immediately relevent to professionals in the GTL industry" Tasweeq

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New for 2012 - Evening Reception and Dinner

SMi Group invites you to join them for a post conference dinner reception following the end of the first day. Dinner will be held at Gilgamesh Restaurant and Bar where you will have the extended opportunity to network with industry professionals. Jump aboard a traditional red london bus at the hotel at 7.00pm for a real London experience. Leave GTL 2012 having forged new workingrelationships and strengthened your current ones.

The Gilgamesh Restaurant and Bar combines history with elements of contempory design and modern art to make one of the most visually stunning venues in central London. In the Babylon Bar you will experience some of the finest pan-Asian cuisine prepared by award winning chefs. Dine, drink and socialize in jaw dropping surrounds. A truly unforgettable experience.

 

?SMi's GTL 2011 event brought together industry leaders and key decision makers from over 23 countries around the globe. Held over three days, Gas to Liquids will be bringing together key industry leaders and experts. 

  • Business Development Manager XTL
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Commercial Advisor - EGTL
  • Commercial Manager, Conversion Technology Centre
  • CTO
  • Deputy Chief Engineer
  • Deputy General Manager
  • Director of Business Development
  • Fuel Technologist
  • GTL Global Marketing Manager
  • Head of Alternative Chemicals Research Center
  • Head of Development Process and Planning
  • Head of Operations
  • Head of Process Engineering
  • Internationl Senior Expert - Program Manager Synfuels
  • President of European Operations
  • Principal Process Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Sales Manager - GTL
  • Senior Technologist
  • Technical Director
  • Technology Advisor
  • Vice President Gas Conversion
  • VP Business Development
  • XTL Technical Manager

Attendee's in 2011 included: 

ABB Limited; Air Liquide Engineering and Construction Lurgi GmbH; Aleph Science Group; Axens; BP; BP International; BP Lubricants; Carbon Sciences, Inc.; CEMEX; Central Petroleum; Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH; Chevron; Chevron Nigeria Ltd; CHIYODA Corporation; CompactGTL ; Consolidated Contractors International Company; Emmanuel Umoren; Energy and Power ; Engineering; ENI E & P Cont; Eni SPA; Fateh Sanat Group; Fluor Limited; Forbes Communications; Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd; Freelance ; G. Butler and Associates; Garbuio Dickinson; GDF SUEZ; Global Energy Inc; Global Energy inc.; Hart Group; Hatch; Heatric; Honeywell Control Systems Ltd; Infineum UK Ltd; INFRA Technology; Ingen-Ideas Ltd; Investec; Johnson Matthey; Korea Institute of Energy Research; Linc Energy; Lurgi; Macom Consulting; Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd; McKinsey & Co; Methanol Casale; Ministry of National Infrastructures; NAPIMS; Narkangan GTL International; NewsBase; Nippon GTL Technology Research Association; Northern Petroleum; Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Petrotrin; Qatar Shell GTL; S.S. Afemikhe Consulting; Sasol Chevron; Sasol Technology; Sbm Offshore N.v.; Shell; Shell Gas & Power International; Shell UK Ltd.; SMBC Europe Division; South African High Commission, UK; Special Metals Wiggin Ltd; Sri Lanka High Commission; Statoil (U.K.) Limited; TAQA; Tasweeq; Technology Consultancy; The Petroleum Economist Ltd; The Shepherd Chemical Company; Toyo Engineering Co.; Velocys Inc; WGTL-TL;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

9:20 OLTIN YO'L GTL – the strategic opportunity

James  Vaughan

James Vaughan, General Director, OLTIN YO’L GTL

  • GTL as a national strategic energy choice
  • Project scope
  • Project challenges
  • Enabling delivery
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee - Kindly sponsored by Axens

    10:30 World’s first modular GTL solution – Industry Approved and Operating

    Iain Baxter

    Iain Baxter, Director of Business Development, CompactGTL

    • CompactGTL is the world’s first and only company to have demonstrated a fully integrated GTL plant using non-conventional small scale SMR and FT reactor technology
    • News of the Commercial Demonstration Plant passing extensive testing by Petrobras; being approved for commercial deployment
    • Worldwide market opportunities; stranded oil
    • Accelerating oilfield development onshore and offshore

    11:10 The Upstream Economic Impact of GTL Projects

    David Fishman

    David Fishman, Chief Economist, Fugro Robertson

    • Enhancing the value of upstream projects through GTL
    • Commercialising upstream projects by deploying small-scale GTL
    • Geological & reservoir considerations
    • The economics of GTL in unconventional developments

    11:50 Making Distributed Gas to Liquids a Reality

    Neville  Hargreaves

    Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, Velocys Inc / Oxford Catalysts

    • The market opportunity in distributed gas to liquids, dealing with shale gas, associated gas and other undervalued resources
    • What makes a modular approach possible
    • Positive impact on economics and risks
    • Results from demonstration plants
    • How Velocys is working with partners to provide complete GTL solutions

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Changing technologies for synthesis gas production

    Giacomo Colmegna

    Giacomo Colmegna, Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion, Methanol Casale

    • Overview of technologies for synthesis gas production
    • Impact of front-end technology on investment cost for a GTL plant
    • Current research activities to reduce investment cost

    14:10 Gasel® technology: Reliability and Innovation for XtL projects

    Stephane Fedou

    Stephane Fedou, XTL Product Line Manager, AXENS

  • Gasel in brief
  • Reliability is mandatory
  • Innovation in FT technology: the key objectives
  • 14:50 Question & Answers - The impact of changing technologies on the GTL market

    Iain Baxter

    Iain Baxter, Director of Business Development, CompactGTL

    Neville  Hargreaves

    Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, Velocys Inc / Oxford Catalysts

    Giacomo Colmegna

    Giacomo Colmegna, Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion, Methanol Casale

    Stephane Fedou

    Stephane Fedou, XTL Product Line Manager, AXENS

    15:10 Afternoon Tea - Kindly sponsored by Axens

    15:40 Rentech: Technology Solutions for Gas Conversion Opportunities

    Matthew Davidson

    Matthew Davidson, Director, Technology Business Development, Rentech, Inc.

    • Rentech corporate overview
    • The challenging opportunity for GTL
    • Options for Fischer-Tropsch liquids from natural gas
    • GTL demonstration at the Rentech Energy Technology Center
     

    16:20 Methanol to Gasoline: An Alternate Route to Liquid Fuel Production

    Mitch Hindman

    Mitch Hindman, Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering

    • Routes for Gas to Liquid Fuels
    • MTG Technology
    • MTG / F-T Comparison
    • MTG Advantage

    16:50 JAPAN-GTL Process – New Solution for Gas Monetization

    Nobuyuki  Osawa

    Nobuyuki Osawa, Head of Research & Development Division, General Manager, Research Centre, Nippon GTL Technology Research Association

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Malcolm  Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

    9:10 GTL - a real gas commercialisation option

    Jennifer Zeiss

    Jennifer Zeiss, General manager, Business Development, GTL/CTL, Sasol

  • GTL: a compelling value proposition
  • GTL: a commercial reality
  • GTL: a bright future…
     
  • 9:50 Energy market trends and the impact of Shale Gas

    Capella  Festa

    Capella Festa, Senior Energy Analyst, IEA

  • Energy trends 2012 - 2035
  • Future of unconventional gas
  • Impact on markets including GTL market
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee - Kindly sponsored by Axens

    10:50 North America and GTL - Finally a Match?

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim, President, E-MetaVenture, Inc.

    • Background
    • The changing economics of GTL in North America
    • The current and projected commercial status of GTL

    11:10 The Outlook for Emerging North American Natural Gas Supply and Prospects for GTL

    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration

    • Review of shale gas plays and recent production history
    • Uncertainty in resource estimates and forecasts
    • GTL technology assessment and breakeven costs
     

    11:30 Panel Discussion - Rising energy prices and new gas discoveries. Why is GTL progress and development in North America so slow?

    Robin Holford

    Robin Holford, Commercial Manager, Conversion Technology Centre, BP International

    Mitch Hindman

    Mitch Hindman, Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim, President, E-MetaVenture, Inc.

    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Well-to-wheels analysis of GTL and other natural gas based fuels

    Michael Wang

    Michael Wang, Section Manager, Argonne National Laboratory

    • The GREET model is used extensively by industries and governments to examine life-cycle energy and environmental effects of vehicle/fuel systems
    • Natural gas, including shale gas, is included in GREET for producing different fuels for transportation applications
    • GTL production options are included in GREET
    • This presentation will summarize LCA results of GTL and other natural gas-based fuels
     

    14:30 Selling GTL products

    Duncan Seddon

    Duncan Seddon, Independent consultant , Duncan Seddon and Associates

    • Hurdles to selling GTL products: market logistics and specifications
    • Are GTL products really of premium value or need they be sold at discount?
    • Are some products intrinsically difficult to sell?
    • Selling FT crude, naphtha and diesel; selling MTG gasoline and LPG

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Opportunities for direct Methane and CO2 conversion

    Klaus Hellgardt

    Klaus Hellgardt, Reader in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College

  • Conventional and future sources of methane
  • Current and potential future conversion technologies for methane utilisation
  • Sources of CO2
  • Current and potential future conversion technologies for large scale CO2 utilisation
  • 16:10 Sources of Finance for GTL Projects

    Robert Clews

    Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, SMBC Europe Division

    • GTL Risk Profile and Economics for Project Financing
    • Availability of finance for the natural gas sector
    • Sources of funding and the financial markets
    • Latest trends in project finance

    16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Malcolm  Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    James  Vaughan

    James Vaughan

    General Director, OLTIN YO’L GTL
    Jennifer Zeiss

    Jennifer Zeiss

    General manager, Business Development, GTL/CTL, Sasol
    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda

    Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Mitch Hindman

    Mitch Hindman

    Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering

    Alex Forbes

    Director, Forbes Communications
    Alex Forbes

    Capella Festa

    Senior Energy Analyst, IEA
    Capella  Festa

    David Fishman

    Chief Economist, Fugro Robertson
    David Fishman

    Duncan Seddon

    Independent consultant , Duncan Seddon and Associates
    Duncan Seddon

    Giacomo Colmegna

    Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion, Methanol Casale
    Giacomo Colmegna

    Iain Baxter

    Director of Business Development, CompactGTL
    Iain Baxter

    Iraj Isaac Rahmim

    President, E-MetaVenture, Inc.
    Iraj Isaac Rahmim

    James Vaughan

    General Director, OLTIN YO’L GTL
    James  Vaughan

    Jennifer Zeiss

    General manager, Business Development, GTL/CTL, Sasol
    Jennifer Zeiss

    Klaus Hellgardt

    Reader in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College
    Klaus Hellgardt

    Malcolm Wells

    Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd
    Malcolm  Wells

    Matthew Davidson

    Director, Technology Business Development, Rentech, Inc.
    Matthew Davidson

    Michael Wang

    Section Manager, Argonne National Laboratory
    Michael Wang

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda

    Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mitch Hindman

    Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering
    Mitch Hindman

    Neville Hargreaves

    Business Development Director, Velocys Inc / Oxford Catalysts
    Neville  Hargreaves

    Nobuyuki Osawa

    Head of Research & Development Division, General Manager, Research Centre, Nippon GTL Technology Research Association
    Nobuyuki  Osawa

    Robert Clews

    Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, SMBC Europe Division
    Robert Clews

    Robin Holford

    Commercial Manager, Conversion Technology Centre, BP International
    Robin Holford

    Stephane Fedou

    XTL Product Line Manager, AXENS
    Stephane Fedou

    Workshops

    Reward and risk: how viable is GTL as a gas monetisation option?
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    Reward and risk: how viable is GTL as a gas monetisation option?

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