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I presents the 11th annual Gas to Liquids conference..

Oil prices reached historic highs this summer.  Many observers and analysts regard the current price fluctuations to be part of a structural rather than cyclical shift, with prices likely to be sustained around or above $70/bbl.  Does this fundamentally change the economics of GTL projects? 

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Will sustained high oil prices make GTL projects more attractive to investors?  Will the oil price drop further, and if it does, what impact will this have?

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Despite the escalation in commodity and engineering costs that has taken place over the past four years, GTL projects are still potentially profitable, and still attracting the attentions of investment banks interested in providing finance for them. Two key challenges remain: getting technology to work as intended, and project execution of what can be massive and complex undertakings.

Key How will the new economic environment affect existing projects?  What new operations are being planned? Will suspended projects be re-examined? This conference takes a fresh look at the prospects for GTL in the light of the new economic environment – looking not just at the very large projects we have seen implemented to date, but also technologies appropriate to smaller-scale developments. 

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Key themes will include:
• Prospects for GTL in light of high long-term oil prices
• Updates of key projects including Oryx and Pearl

• Is GTL an economically viable way of monetising gas?
• Technology developments

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MR ABDULRAHMAN AL-SUWAIDI

DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, ORYX GTL.

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SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

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·Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications (Chair, Day One)

·Malcolm Wells, Communications Manager, Sasol Chevron

·Guy de Kort, General Manager, Global XTL Development, Shell Gas & Power

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

·Anne Gerd F. Bakken, Manager, GTL Commercialisation, StatoilHydro

·Matthias Wagner, Director, GTL Technology & General Manager, GTL.F1 AG             

·Peter Bond, Managing Director, Linc Energy

·John Heugh, Managing director, Central Petroleum

·Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals, Energy & Natural Resources Project Finance, SMBC Europe Limited

·Ravi Suri, Managing Director, Head of Project Export and Finance, Middle East and Southern Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

·Alan Gelder, Vice President Downstream Oil EMEA, Wood Mackenzie

·Dr Robert Freerks, Director, Product Development, Rentech

·Philip Morris, GTL Global Marketing Manager, Air Products

·Eric Caprani, XTL Project Manager, Axens

·Boriboon Sangiambut, Consultant, Oil & Gas, Nexant

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Feedback for GTL 2007:.
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“Very wide range of presentations and attendees helped to provide a good overall perspective for GTL & CTL”
Ken Witts, Lead Process Engineer, Bechtel
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“SMi conferences always have better depth, detail and variety than others.”
James Herron, Reporter – Power, Gas & Emissions, Dow Jones Newswires
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“The conference was well run and very interesting with a good mix of speakers.”
Helen Ricketts, Market Development Manager, CB&I
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VENUE INFORMATION:

COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL

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Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London
W8 5SR
Phone (44) 20 7937 7211, 
Fax (44) 20 7937 7100, www.millenniumhotels.com

In a corner of fashionable Kensington you will find the Copthorne Tara. Within easy reach of the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge, and Notting Hill. The hotel is also close to the beautiful tree lined lanes and avenues of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, the theatres of the west end and the world famous museums on the Cromwell Road

  • From Heathrow Airport: 30 mins by car; Heathrow Airport to Paddington Station 20 mins by Heathrow Express
  • Gatwick Airport to Victoria Station 30 mins by Gatwick Express Train;
  • Stansted Airport to Liverpool Station 50 mins by Stansted Express Train;
  • Luton Airport to Victoria Station 90 mins by coach.

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For more information contact:

Sophie Kington

Conference Producer - Energy

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+44 (0) 20 7827 6052

skington@smi-online.co.uk

For sponsorship opportunities contact:

Punita Patel

Sponsorship Manager

+44 (0) 20 7827 6128

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications Limited

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - ORYX: AN OPERATIONS UPDATE

Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi

Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi, Deputy General Manager, Oryx GTL

  • An operations update; Oryx GTL progress to date
  • Current focus areas
  • Future focus areas
  • 9:50 OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR GTL DEVELOPMENT

    Guy de Kort

    Guy de Kort, General Manager, Global XTL Development, Shell Gas & Power

  • Pearl, a progress check
  • Attractiveness of the GTL value chain
  • Challenges and opportunities for new GTL projects
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 GTL - PROJECTS AND PROMOTIONS

    Malcolm Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Communications Manager, Sasol Chevron

  • What has the GTL industry achieved so far?
  • How is it likely to develop?
  • What is being done to develop projects and demonstrate product value?
  • 11:40 A NEW PARADIGM: MEDIUM-SCALE MODULAR GTL PLANTS

    Rodney Allam

    Rodney Allam, Chief Technology Officer, GTLpetrol LLC

  • Project focus and technology partners
  • Innovative design and process overview
  • Performance optimization and process integration advantages
  • 12:10 CENTRAL PETROLEUM’S PROGRESSION OF GTL TO MONETISE STRANDED GAS IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

    John  Heugh

    John Heugh, Managing Director, Central Petroleum

  • Compiling resource base - drilling programme 2008 results
  • Progress in establishing a strategic relationship with a recognised GTL technology provider
  • Further refinement of cost base and logistics
  • Progression of pre-feasibility studies
  • Drilling proposals for 2009 to add to resource base
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:10 WHERE IS THE INDUSTRY GOING?

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications Limited

  • Examining the economics of GTL
  • Why have projects been postponed and cancelled?
  • When are we likely to see new large projects?
  • The prospects for small-scale development of GTL
  • 14:50 MARKET ASSESSMENT

    Alan Gelder

    Alan Gelder, Vice President Downstream Oil EMEA , Wood Mackenzie

  • Impact of the current high oil prices on the attractiveness of GTL
  • Oil product outlook – will the current prices be sustained?
  • How do high prices impact competing outlets for gas, such as LNG?
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 GTL MARKETING AND THE DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY

    James Humfrey

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

  • Products produced by pearl
  • Use in industries - Detergent Industry, Automotive, Marine, Aviation
  • Trial results
  • 16:40 LIFECYCLE ASSESSMENT OF RENTECH’S NATCHEZ PETROLEUM COKE TO LIQUIDS PRODUCTION FACILITY

    Dr Robert Freerks

    Dr Robert Freerks, Director of Product Development, Rentech, Inc.

  • Discuss need for plant specific lifecycle emissions study
  • Evaluation of CO2 emissions from petroleum coke to liquids facility
  • Assessment of CO2 emissions from conventional fuels production using different crude oil qualities
  • Comparison of CO2 emissions from CTL and conventional fuel
  • Emissions benefits Integration of CTL facility into refinery and chemical complex
  • 17:20 CO2 FOOTPRINT REDUCTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR GTL PLANTS

    Mike Phillipson

    Mike Phillipson, Manager GTL & CTL Product Group, Foster Wheeler Energy Limited

  • Why reduce the GTL CO2 footprint?
  • Benefits and disadvantages of post-combustion carbon capture
  • Options, benefits and disadvantages of pre-combustion carbon capture
  • Exploiting efficiency improvement opportunities
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:10 Drinks reception hosted by GTLpetrol

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James Sorensen

    James Sorensen, Chief Operating Officer, GTLpetrol LLC

    9:10 FINANCING GTL PROJECTS

    Robert Clews

    Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (SMBC)

    9:30 PANEL SESSION: FINANCING GTL

  • GTL in the global energy mix and it's role in the natural gas value chain
  • With the huge capital requirement for energy infrastructure, how can GTL attract capital?
  • Developments in upstream oil and gas financing and implications for GTL
  • Ravi Suri

    Ravi Suri, Managing Director and Head, Project and Export Finance, MESA, Standard Chartered Bank

    Robert Clews

    Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (SMBC)

    9:50 AN UPDATE OF GTL.F1'S F-T TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION IN SEMI-COMMERCIAL SCALE

    Matthias  Wagner

    Matthias Wagner, Director GTL Technology, GTL.F1

  • GTL.F1, the technology joint venture of Lurgi, PetroSA and StatoilHydro
  • Scale-up challenges of slurry reactors
  • Results from large scale F-T technology demonstration
  • Strategy for F-T catalyst manufacturing
  • GTL.F1 technology: status and licensing strategy
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 GTL IN STATOILHYDRO

    Anne Gerd  F. Bakken

    Anne Gerd F. Bakken, Manager GTL Commercialisation, StatoilHydro

  • A company built on and by technology
  • Climate policy, CCS competence and GTL
  • GTL Business Ambitions 
  • 11:40 MODEL-BASED GTL PROCESS DEVELOPMENT AND OPTIMISATION

    Costas Pantelides

    Costas Pantelides, Managing Director , Process Systems Enterprise

  • Advanced process modelling and management of technological risk in innovation
  • Challenges of detailed predictive modelling of GTL processes
  • Validating the models: model-based model-targetted experimentation
  • Model-based optimisation of the GTL process: from pellet to system
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GTL VS LNG – HOW DOES GTL MEASURE UP AS A WAY OF MONETISING GAS?

    Boriboon Sangiambut

    Boriboon Sangiambut, Consultant, Oil & Gas, Nexant

  • Impact of capital costs
  • Impact of crude oil price
  • Influence of technology development (technology improvement and scale)
  • Impact of location
  • 14:30 UCG TO GTL: THE LINC ADVANTAGE

    Peter Bond

    Peter Bond, Managing Director, Linc Energy

  • Clean Global Energy (Coal to Liquids)
  • How does Underground Coal Gasification(UCG) work?
  • The advantages of UCG
  • UCG to GTL
  • Linc’s UCG to GTL in Australia
  • The future of UCG to GTL (the cost advantage)
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GASEL: THE XTL TECHNOLOGY SUITE FOR THE CONVERSION OF SYNGAS TO DIESEL

    Eric Caprani

    Eric Caprani, XTL Project Manager, Axens

  • Axens : 40 years of Process Licensing & Catalyst Manufacturing
  • The Eni/IFP FT+Upgrading Technology : Industrial Scale-Up Strategy 
  • Slurry Bubble Column hydrodynamics
  • How to solve FT catalyst attrition issue
  • The Gasel Package : Technology and associated Catalysts
  • 16:20 ION TRANSPORT MEMBRANES: ECONOMIC OXYGEN AND SYNGAS APPLICATIONS TO ENABLE GAS MONETISATION

    Philip Morris

    Philip Morris, Marketing Manager Refining - Europe, Middle East and Africa; Global GTL, Air Products - Europe

  • ASU technology development, a key to gas monetisation
  • Economic driving forces for ITM in both oxygen and syngas applications
  • Current status of the ITM commercialisation programmes
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Oil Price Trends Promise New Opportunities for GTL
    Workshop

    Oil Price Trends Promise New Opportunities for GTL

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    27th October 2008
    London, United Kingdom

    Understanding the Carbon Lifecycle Implications of the GTL Process
    Workshop

    Understanding the Carbon Lifecycle Implications of the GTL Process

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    30th October 2008
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

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