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North America’s shale gas revolution has created one of today’s most promising commodity arbitrage opportunities: monetising cheap-to-produce natural gas at prices linked to those of costly crude oil. The key enabler is gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, a means of converting methane molecules into premium liquid hydrocarbons – such as diesel and kerosene – that can form the basis of “drop-in” fuels in transportation. Unlike other technologies that open up the gas/oil arbitrage opportunity – such as LNG – GTL products can be used in existing fuelling infrastructure and engines, with no modifications required. Adding to GTL’s appeal is the possibility of producing specialty products such as chemical feedstocks and high-value waxes.

As the GTL spotlight shifts from the Middle East to North America, this workshop will look at the opportunities and the challenges involved in implementing GTL projects and marketing their output.

  • Understand GTL economics and how to apply them to your project
  • Discuss how the industry needs to develop in North America
  • Evaluate how to market GTL products
  • Evaluate the recent technological advancements and commercial challenges 

 

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 INDUSTRY OVERVIEW – A TECHNOLOGY WHOSE TIME HAS COME

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

• Why the GTL spotlight has shifted to North America
• Why GTL? A comparison with other gas monetisation options
• Overcoming the technical challenges
• Existing and future projects
 

14:40 TECHNOLOGY INSIGHTS

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

• Converting methane into long-chain hydrocarbons
• The GTL product slate
• Emerging technologies – at large and small scales
• Why intellectual property matters

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 EXPLORING GTL ECONOMICS

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

• Case studies
• Gas/oil price divergence – is it sustainable?
• The economics of developing future GTL projects: credible scenarios
• Implications of unconventional gas – and oil

16:20 MARKETING GTL PRODUCTS

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

• Key markets – transportation and chemicals
• Demonstration projects
• Maximising GTL revenue streams
• Policy and regulation
 

17:00 Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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