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Examining the commercial benefits and opportunities of GTL. SMi have followed GTL from its emergence as a future technology, through to today’s commercial realisation of GTL technology. The GTL industry has had a chance to demonstrate itself successfully and is set to expand globally. It is also set to have a major impact on global fuels markets and also the transportation flows of natural gas.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mary Aucoin

Mary Aucoin, Editor, Harts Gas to Liquids News

9:10 GTL’S MOMENTUM

Dennis L.Yakobson

Dennis L.Yakobson, President and CEO, Rentech

  • Recent GTL proposals
  • Stages of development - which companies have progressed from plans to practice
  • How Rentech plans to exploit the technology and get ahead of the field
  • What needs to be done to speed up the implementation of ideas
  • Potential for further GTL projects
  • What shape will the Industry be in 5 or 10 year’s time?
  • 9:40 BP’S GAS ECONOMY VISION

    David Redeker

    David Redeker, Head of Gas to Liquids, BP

  • How the world is choosing the gas economy to capture economic and environmental benefits
  • The role of gas to liquids in monetising gas and developing new markets in the road transport and chemical sectors
  • Current BP activities in Gas to Liquids
  • 10:20 ‘DISOL’ A PDVSA GTL TECHNOLOGY FOR CLEAN FUELS PRODUCTION

    Juan Jose Garcia

    Juan Jose Garcia, Manager GTL Programme, PDVSA INTEVEP

  • A description pf the recent advances of PDVSA on natural gas conversion to liquids hydrocarbons
  • The Main targets and findings to achieve PDVSAs DISOL process
  • Potential applications of this technology
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FUEL REGULATIONS

    Venkat Venkataraman

    Venkat Venkataraman, Product Manager, Natural Gas Processing, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)/U.S. Department of Energy

  • Recent changes in US fuel policy
  • Trends in clean fuel initiatives
  • Funding global research in the area
  • The role of the government in implementing and monitoring strategies
  • Increasing communications between the fuel and the motor manufacturing industries
  • The future for fuel development, increasingly stringent laws
  • 12:00 ENGINEERING A GRASSROOTS GTL FACILITY

    Simon Clarke

    Simon Clarke, Technology Coordinator For GTL, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd

  • Local infrastructure integration
  • Start up and shut down issues
  • Contracting and construction philosophy
  • Practical problems from an actual design
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 GAS HYDRATES

    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin, Senior Engineer, Upstream Services, Advantica Technologies, with a speaker from BG Group

  • The 'slurry' gas hydrate transportation technology
  • Commercialisation and pilot plant programme
  • Status of development
  • Target markets and economics
  • 14:20 MARKETS FOR GTL DIESEL

    Colin Birch

    Colin Birch, Studies manager, Industrial Projects Division, Beicip Franlab

  • What are the most desirable properties of GTL diesel
  • Is sulphur content the main issue
  • Where has diesel demand growth been strongest and what are the issues in the future?
  • How do quality issues vary regionally
  • Is segregated marketing of GTL diesel or use as a refinery blendstock more likely?
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 INDUSTRIAL GAS OPPORTUNITIES IN GTL

    Dennis M Brown

    Dennis M Brown, Manager - Remote Gas Conversion, Air Products & Chemicals Inc

  • Drivers and technologies for clean liquid fuels
  • Syngas generation: near and longer term processes
  • LPMEOH and LPDME - alternative products from natural gas
  • GTL- the synergy with LNG
  • 16:00 VALUE-ADDED CHEMICALS FROM NATURAL GAS

    Andrew McFarlan

    Andrew McFarlan, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada - CANMET Energy Technology Centre

  • Process description - direct vs indirect conversion routes to acetic acid
  • Process economics compared to syngas-based routes to acetic acid
  • Carbon and energy efficiency compared to syngas-based routes to acetic acid
  • Minipilot demonstration of integrated acetic acid process
  • What role does Gas to Chemicals play in GTL
  • 16:30 HOW TO MEET THE FUTURE REQUIREMENTS FROM THE HYDROCARBON SYNTHESIS MEGA PROJECTS

    Christian Lacoste

    Christian Lacoste, European Business Manager, Air Liquide

  • ASU design optimisation
  • Synergies with the Fischer Tropsch process
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rodney Pitt

    Rodney Pitt, Editor, European Fuels News

    9:10 GTL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

    Jan H.J.S. Thijssen

    Jan H.J.S. Thijssen, Associate Director, Arthur D. Little

  • Current Status. GTL technology has been at the verge of commercialisation for some time. Now several projects are entering the design phase.
  • Barriers to growth - What will be needed for broad-based commercialisation of GTL. The presentation will discuss technology, cost, product market and regulatory, as well as competing technologies
  • What will enable GTL to grow more rapidly - The possible impacts of further technology improvement, cost reduction, project integration, and developments in product markets and regulatory environment will be discussed.
  • What does the future hold for GTL - The presentation will discuss the near-term and long term potential for GTL
  • 9:40 MARKET DRIVERS FOR GTL FUELS & PRODUCTS

    John Hutton

    John Hutton, Manager Business Development, Syntroleum

  • Product Specifications
  • Engine test results
  • Status upsate of Syntroleums projects
  • Taking GTL offshore
  • Processing improvements
  • 10:20 MARKETS FOR GTL PRODUCTS

    Ben Cline

    Ben Cline, Senior Partner, Gaffney, Cline & Associates

  • Changes in the Transportation Fuel Market
  • Environmental Issues and evolving Fuel Specifications
  • Markets for Naptha/Middle Distillates/Waxes and Lubricants
  • Competing Transporation Fuels
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 GTL BASESTOCKS AND WAXES IN A FUELS DRIVEN TECHNOLOGY

    Tom Glenn

    Tom Glenn, President, Petrotrends

  • Lubricant basestocks
  • Comparative performance (GTL basestock versus API Groups I, II, II+, and III)
    Market space analysis
  • Market developments and timing
    Outlook
  • Petrotroleum waxes
  • Comparative performance
    Market space analysis
  • Market developments and timing
    Outlook
  • 12:00 CONOCO’S GTL VISION

    Jim Rockwell

    Jim Rockwell, Diversified Businesses, Business Development, Conoco

  • Size of the opportunity
  • Status of Conoco’s technology development
  • Conoco’s demonstration plant
  • Road to commercialization
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 THE CASE FOR CONSIDERING FLOATING GAS-TO-LIQUIDS PLANTS

    Steve Worley

    Steve Worley, President, Worley Engineering

    14:40 ALASKA - NORTH SLOPE NATURAL GAS

    David Gray

    David Gray, Director of Energy Systems Analysis, Mitretek

  • The GTL option on the North Slope and at Valdez
  • The Methanol Option
  • The LNG Option
  • The Natural Gas Option
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 PROGRESSION OF FISCHER TROPSCH TECHNOLOGY

    Alan Singleton

    Alan Singleton, President, Energy International

  • Overview of FT global markets
  • How has the GTL industry developed
  • What place does Energy International hold in the market
  • How can technology develop further
  • What future projections are there for FT development
  • 16:00 LARGE SCALE SYNGAS MANUFACTURE

    Terry Fitzpatrick

    Terry Fitzpatrick, Methanol Technical Manager, Synertix

  • The original concept and the drivers behind it
  • Showing progress - work carried out so far
  • The status of the materials demo plant
  • Impact of production on economics
  • Likely effects on downstream markets
  • 16:30 STRUCTURING NON-RECOURSE FINANCING

    Edwin Feo

    Edwin Feo, Partner, Milbank, Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

  • Overview of non-recourse financing
  • Key financing covenants and terms\ Analysing financeable construction contracts, operating agreements and Offtake agreements
  • Future of financing for GTL
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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