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This year's event incorporates case studies from major projects around the world including:
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Europe
  • USA
  • Australia
The event focuses on commercialisation of GTL technology.

Speakers will illustrate their presentations with practical lessons learned from current:
  • Pilot projects
  • Demonstration plants, and
  • Fullscale GTL projects
It includes policy briefings from Government energy officials from the USA, France and Austrialia, plus presentations from key players such as Shell, BP, Chevron, ENI and many more.

What will you learn at this event? This conference will equip you with all the advice and information that you need to:

  • Overcome the remaining technical barriers within GTL
  • Assess the true cost of GTL for the exploitation of stranded gas reserves
  • Develop full integrated upsteam/downstream GTL projects
  • Learn from the experiences of current pilots, demo plants and fullscale projects
  • Assess the best approaches to commercialisation of GTL
  • Evaluate the latest advances in GTL technology
  • Move from pilot plant to truly commercial GTL operations
  • Assess world market opportunities for GTL technologies
  • Apply risk managment-based decision making to your GTL business
Plus...
  • Build checklists for commerical viability of GTL projects
  • Project status reports from the major oil and gas companies
  • Practical insights into what GTL projects really involve
  • GTL plant and process optimisation
  • How to assess the relative attractiveness of GLT projects
  • How to assess LNG vs GTL
  • Operational issues in GTL product transportation
  • Key markets and how to market innovative GTL products

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alexander Forbes

Alexander Forbes, Editor, Gas Matters

9:10 PROGRESS OF SHELL’S GTL PROJECT IN QATAR

Rob Kretzers

Rob Kretzers, Onshore Project Manager, Qatar Shell GTL

  • Scope of the fully integrated upstream/downstream project
  • Status of the project development
  • Challenges in implementing this worldscale GTL project (2x 70.000 bbl/d)
  • How challenges, opportunities and risks are managed
  • 9:40 RECENT, CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS

    Alan Gelder

    Alan Gelder, Manager, Downstream Oil, Nexant

  • Overview of current approaches to commercialisation
  • Competition concerns
  • The role of research and development
  • Technological advances
  • Economic costs
  • Prospects for the future
  • 10:20 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

    Dr Venkat Venkataraman

    Dr Venkat Venkataraman, Product Manager, US Department of Energy

  • How important might stranded gas be to the future US energy situation?
  • Potential impacts of continuing R&D on GTL technology
  • A US Department of Energy programmatic perspective
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 THE OXYGENATE OPTION

    Ronald Sills

    Ronald Sills, Gas Conversion Network Leader, BP

  • Role of oxygenates in gas to market business
  • Transformation of methanol from chemical to fuel
  • DME – the synthetic LPG derivative from methanol
  • Oxygenates as centre of an “Industrial Gas Park”
  • 12:10 BUILDING AN INDUSTRY

    Patrick Butcher

    Patrick Butcher, Country Manager, Qatar, Sasol Chevron

  • How GTL moved from pilot plant to truly commercial technology
  • Why GTL will go from strength to strength
  • What a GTL project involves
  • Where the industry is currently and where it’s likely to go
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:10 GAS COMMERCIALISATION OPPORTUNITIES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, from, Government of Western Australia

  • Review of current and proposed gas commercialisation in Western Australia
  • What opportunities are there for GTL developments?
  • How Western Australia is promoting developments
  • Gas supply and availability
  • 14:50 THE POTENTIAL OF GTL

    Rajnish Goswami

    Rajnish Goswami, Managing Consultant, Wood Mackenzie

  • Key drivers for building GTL plants
  • Economics of GTL projects
  • LNG vs GTL; who will win?
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 ECONOMICS OF GTL FT

    Guy Maisonnier

    Guy Maisonnier, Engineer Economist, Institut Français du Pétrole

  • Competition in GTL business
  • Commercial viability of a GTL project
  • Projects and geographic location
  • GTL commercial trends
  • 16:30 RISK BASED DECISION-MAKING

    Charles Bradley

    Charles Bradley, Managing Director, DBA Risk Management

  • Holistic corporate threat identification
  • Probabilistic analysis and distribution generation
  • Commercial consequence analysis
  • Conversion of risk and mitigation strategies to vector matrices
  • “What if” analysis
  • 17:10 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Robert Gough

    Robert Gough, Editorial Director, Harts Gas to Liquids News

    9:10 INFLUENCE OF TECHNOLOGIES ON INFRASTRUCTURE

    Lorenzo Dianzani

    Lorenzo Dianzani, Proposal Engineer, CTIP Oil & Gas

  • What is needed ?
  • Technological upgrades: savings in cooling and product upgrade
  • 9:40 MONETISATION

  • Outlook of LNG projects
  • Chemical conversion options: Fischer-Tropsch and large scale methanol
  • Prospects of gas conversion technologies
  • Roberto Cimino

    Roberto Cimino, Pilot Units Design, Construction and Operations Manager, EniTecnologie

    Roberto Zennaro

    Roberto Zennaro, Project Manager, Gas to Liquids Project, EniTecnologie

    10:20 KEY ISSUES WITHIN THE GTL INDUSTRY

    Bipin Patel

    Bipin Patel, GTL and LNG Consultant, Foster Wheeler

  • Technical challenges
  • Realisation of GTL venture
  • GTL economics and comparison with LNG
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR EFFECTIVE GAS MONETISATION

    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin, Senior Engineer, Advantica

  • Syngas production technologies
  • Advantica compact reformer
  • Absorbed natural gas
  • Hydrates
  • 12:10 CASE STUDY

    John Hutton

    John Hutton, Business Development Manager, Europe, Syntroleum Corporation

  • Catoosa demonstration plant
  • DoD activities
  • Other project updates
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:10 TAPS

    Dr Santanu Khataniar

    Dr Santanu Khataniar, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • GTL transportation modes through TAPS
  • Overview of operational issues in GTL transportation
  • Cold restart of TAPS
  • Solids precipitation
  • Phase behaviour of GTL and crude oil systems
  • RVP measurements
  • 14:50 CASE STUDY

  • Practical use of GTL fuel in some 30 forestry machines in Sweden during the winter period
  • Occupational health and environmental advantages
  • Environmental tests on fish, daphnia and algae
  • Technical performance and advantages
  • Implications for markets and marketing of GTL products
  • Per Hedemalm

    Per Hedemalm, Managing Director, Oroboros

    Åsa Nilsson

    Åsa Nilsson, Research Consultant , Swedish Agricultural University

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMIC

    Hanno Tautz

    Hanno Tautz, Project Manager Development, Linde

  • Role of CFD modelling for reactor optimising
  • Basic reactios
  • Soot formation models
  • Soot limits
  • Modelling results
  • Opportunities and limitations
  • 16:30 THE FUTURE

  • Gas-To-Liquids vs LNG
  • Recent and future trends in the use of stranded gas
  • When are gas reserves truly stranded?
  • Onshore and offshore stranded gas
  • Conventional facility features can be used for offshore gas conversion
  • Conventional operating procedures can be used for offshore gas conversion
  • Steve Worley

    Steve Worley, President, Worley Engineering

    David Brown

    David Brown, Director, BPP Technical Services

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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