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Gas to Liquids technology remains at the forefront of the energy industry’s plans for the future and is already stealing market share from traditional liquid gas and is growing at an unprecedented rate.

As the environmental arguments gain momentum, a technology which produces fuels with low SOx and Nox, removes the need for gas flaring and is in keeping with the Kyoto agreement, is welcomed by all. The commercialisation of remote gas fields is an important issue because as certain oil fields dry up, gas is needed to maintain supply. Also many of the gas producing regions are not major gas users and so infrastructure and transportation issues are very pressing. GTL provides a solution to this as a cheaper, more viable alternative to LNG and other products.

A two day intensive conference which will help you:
· Identify the future GTL market
· Learn about the experiments at the Yuufutu GTL pilot plant
· Understand the advances in the production of synthesis gas
· Assess the economic value of stranded gas
· Evaluate the balance between synthetic and conventional products
· Establish the key players and their GTL ambitions

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
Dr Theo H Fleisch, Distinguished Advisor, BP America
Masaru Ihara, Manager, Research Project Team for Emerging Gas Technologies, Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC)
Mike Holland, Metallurgical Consultant, PetroSA
Simon C Clarke, Manager Gas-to-Market Technology, Foster Wheeler Energy
John Hutton, Manager Business Development, Syntroleum
Dr Jesús Delgado, Senior Scientist Researcher, Repsol YPF
Stuart Russell, Senior Trade & Investment Officer, Government of Western Australia, European Office
Charles Baisden, Manager, Project Development, The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago

“A very well organised conference in a good and quiet place with service-minded personnel. The relevance and quality of the presentations are over-average – well done!”
Previous SMi Gas-to-Liquids conference delegate

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ken Gibbons

Ken Gibbons, Director, Association of British Oil Industries

9:10 THE ROLE OF GAS TO PRODUCTS (GTP) TECHNOLOGIES IN LARGE SCALE GAS MONETIZATION

Dr Theo H Fleisch

Dr Theo H Fleisch, Distinguished Advisor, BP America

  • The commerciality of GTL compared to LNG: markets, economic returns and risks
  • Update on BP’s Alaska demonstration plant and technology licensing strategy
  • The promise of oxygenates: methanol and DME as multi-purpose fuels, chemical feedstocks and H2 carriers
  • The gas refinery concept
  • 9:40 GAS COMMERCIALISATION OPPORTUNITIES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Peter Kiossev

    Peter Kiossev, Assistant General Manager, Department of Industry & Resources, Government of Western Australia

  • Review of current and proposed gas commercialisation opportunities in Western Australia
  • What opportunities for GTL developments?
  • How Western Australia is promoting downstream developments
  • 10:20 STRANDED GAS RESOURCES

    John Hutton

    John Hutton, Manager Business Development, Syntroleum

  • Estimates of stranded gas reserves
  • The economic value of stranded gas
  • Are there two different markets for GTL technology?
  • Large-scale land based facilities and small marine plants
  • Product transportation issues
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 GTL AS A VIABLE GAS UTILIZATION OPTION TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

    Charles Baisden

    Charles Baisden, Manager, Project Development , National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago

  • History and current gas utilization trends
  • Local rationale for GTL
  • Key GTL initiatives – past and present
  • Perceived constraints to GTL implementation
  • Prognosis for GTL as a short term gas utilization
  • 12:00 THE CHALLENGE OF JAPAN NATIONAL OIL CORPORATION (JNOC) TO DEVELOP THE NEW GTL PROCESS

    Masaru Ihara

    Masaru Ihara, Manager, Research Project Team for Emerging Gas Technologies, Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC)

  • The outline of JNOC’s project
  • Characteristics of JNOC’s GTL process
  • Process flow and economics
  • Reactors and catalysts for syngas production and FT synthesis
  • Experiments at the Yuufutu GTL pilot plant
  • Feasibility studies on planned projects
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 THE GTL VALUE CHAIN

  • GTL markets and marketing opportunities
  • Regional and global drivers of GTL development
  • Economic and commercial evaluation of GTL projects
  • GTL vs refining: complementary or competing?
  • Robert Clews

    Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals & Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe

    Nicholas Pitts-Tucker

    Nicholas Pitts-Tucker, Head of Project Finance, Joint General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

    14:40 GAS-TO-LIQUIDS POLITICAL RISK, COMMERCIAL RISK AND ECAS

    Roger Gotts

    Roger Gotts, Director Oil & Gas, Process Plant & Construction, The Exports Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD)

  • Gas-to-liquids – what are the risks?
  • How do these risks compare to the risks normally borne by ECAs?
  • Should ECAs take market and technology risks?
  • What does the market want from ECAs?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GTL – EXPLORING COMMERCIAL REALITIES

    Rajnish Goswami

    Rajnish Goswami, Managing Consultant, Wood Mackenzie

  • Key players and their GTL ambitions
  • The main drivers: market push and pull
  • Economics of GTL: only for the brave?
  • Conclusions
  • 16:20 GTL – A NEW ERA DAWNS?

    Alan Gelder

    Alan Gelder, Senior Consultant, Nexant

  • Developments to date
  • Current perspectives (opportunities, competitors, leading players, current challenges)
  • Foundations for developing a successful project
  • Will the external environment remain supportive?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Alexander Forbes

    Alexander Forbes, Editor, Gas Matters

    9:10 DEFINING YOUR GTL PROJECT SUFFICIENTLY FOR EPC EXECUTION

    Simon Clarke

    Simon Clarke, Manager Gas to Market Technology, Foster Wheeler Energy

  • Understanding the level of definition of the facility pre-FEED
  • Deliverables required for a Middle East 2-train GTL facility, sufficient for EPC bidding
  • Studies undertaken during FEED (process, engineering and construction)
  • Planning commissioning, startup and operation activities
  • Permitting and EIA
    Support to financing close-out
  • Contracting steps (ITB preparation, contractor pre- qualification, bid assessment and contract award) and schedule
  • 9:40 SAFETY OPTIMISATION OF FLOATING GTL PLANTS

    Simon Meiers

    Simon Meiers, Principal Consultant, ERM

  • A look at the new hazards offshore that come with GTL
  • Optimising safety of plant at the conceptual stage
  • Analysis techniques for conceptual designs
  • Classification of new technology through risk
  • Challenging accepted floating production practice
  • Issues from a case example
  • 10:20 ROTATING MACHINERY FOR GTL PLANTS

    Lorenzo Dianzani

    Lorenzo Dianzani, Proposal Engineer, CTIP Oil & Gas

  • Influence of rotating machinery choice on plants in general
  • Influence of rotating machinery choice on gtl plants
  • Advantages and disadvantages of a single shaft double service steam turbine driver
  • Installation and putting into operation
  • In field activity
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 REPSOL YPF TECHNOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW OF GTL/BTL FUELS

    Dr Jesús Delgado

    Dr Jesús Delgado, Senior Scientist Researcher, Repsol YPF

  • The outline of Repsol YPF technological project
  • Balance between synthetic and conventional products
  • Necessity of a quality specification for Fischer Tropsch fuels
  • Collaborations in motion
  • 12:00 SYNTHESIS GAS TECHNOLOGY

    Dr Bernard Crewdson

    Dr Bernard Crewdson, GTL Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey Synetix

  • Advances in the production of synthesis gas
  • The synthesis gas process
  • Reduction in emissions
  • Cost issues
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 A NEW ALTERNATIVE GTL FUEL

    Per Hedemalm

    Per Hedemalm, Managing Director, Oroboros

  • Comparison of diesel and EcoPar fuels
  • Exhaust emission measurements Health effects of unregulated emissions
  • Importance of energy content and density
  • Implications for industry standards
  • Conclusions
  • 14:40 NICHE CIRCUMSTANCES ENHANCE OPTIONS FOR FLOATING PLANTS

    Steve Worley

    Steve Worley, President, Worley Engineering

  • More plans are evolving for these types of processing plants on floaters
  • Highly successful FPSO operations with unit process features common to these type of process plants, in severe states, provide comfort for such plants
  • Apportioned costs are reduced for plant, operations and infrastructure
  • Example details are presented for conventional FPSO operations integrated with a natural gas-to-methanol plant
  • 15:20 Managing Conflict before it Spirals out of Control

    Bruce Macaulay

    Bruce Macaulay, Solicitor, Norton Rose

  • Is an Investment Treaty arbitration an option for business?
  • The key issues to consider when choosing the most appropriate form of dispute resolution, including:
  • Appropriate forum
  • Speed of proceedings
  • Confidentiality
  • Ability to obtain interim relief
  • Ease of enforcement
  • Consolidation of disputes between related contracts and joinder of third parties
  • In the case of arbitration proceedings, whether to choose ad hoc or institutional
  • arbitration.
  • The practical advantages and disadvantages of mediation, arbitration, expert determination and litigation in the context of complex contractual agreements
  • Stepped dispute resolution clause - what do you need to know?
  • The essential ingredients for an effective dispute resolution clause
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea. Close Of Conference

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