The volatile oil price has had a dramatic impact on the Gas to Liquids market and some large-scale projects’ operators have struggled to adapt to this unsteady landscape. Over the last 12 months, we have witnessed a few promising projects to halt or even shut down altogether. However, whilst some doors have had to close, other doors are opening with interesting emerging markets on the new GTL field. A few companies have discovered ways to significantly reduce operating costs and prove to be commercially viable despite the current economic climate.

With an impressive 18 years of experience in the Gas to Liquids field , the SMi Group are proud to announce the deliverance of their 19th Annual GTL conference, which will be held on the 12th to the 13th of October 2016 in London. This event will discuss how GTL companies can work with the tumbling oil price and how they can build robust strategies and create effective alternative solutions to enable them to weather the storm. This conference will have a special focus on small-scale GTL projects giving the chance to hear first-hand success stories from leading GTL operators. It will provide the perfect platform for experts to discuss with peers what companies need in place in order to overcome today’s challenges. Leading industry figures will dissect cutting edge topics, including project financing, marketing of GTL projects and innovative alternative applications of GTL plants.

  • Providing the chance to hear about the latest developments of small-scale GTL projects.
  • Presenting the latest developments in small scale technology and assessing it’s commercial viability.
  • Comparative analysis of emerging GTL markets, alternative solutions for GTL plants and GTL's future outlook
  • Assessment of the short term and long term drivers of the low oil price environment
  • Opportunities to hear how to establish effective marketing strategies for GTL products



SMi’s GTL series has brought together many industry leaders and key decision makers from around the globe. Held over three days, the event will attract key industry leaders and experts with job titles and companies that include:

Account Manager
Business Development Director
Business Development Manager
Business Development Manager XTL
Chief Economist
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Commercial Manager, Conversion Technology Centre
Deputy General Manager
Director, Licensing Business Development
Director, New Ventures
Expert Proposal Manager
FT Consultant
General manager, Business Development, GTL/CTL
General Manager, Project Planning Department
GLT Business Development Manager
Goverment Affairs Specialist
GTL Business promotion
GTL Proposal Manager
Head of Operations
Licensing Manager
Manager Market Assessment
Managing Director
Managing Director - Hydrocarbon Processing
New Business Development Manager
New Technology Manager
Operational Marketing Manager
Principal Engineer
Principal Process Engineer
Process Technology Director
Project Engineer
Project Manager
Proposals Manager
Research Engineer
Sales Manager
Senior Engineer
Senior Process Engineer
Senior Project Manager Sales
Senior Technologist
Senior Vice President Project Development
Technical Advisor
Technical Manager GTL CTL and Licensing
Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion
Vice President
Vice-President Corporate Strategy
XTL Process Engineer

ABB; Acacia Energy Limited; Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany GmbH; Air Products plc ; AlterNRG; BESIX GROUP NV; CEG Europe; CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED; Department Of Petroleum Resources; ExxonMobil; FFTechnology Ltd; Forbes Communications; Gaffney, Cline & Associates; Gas ConTec GmbH; Haynes and Boone LLP; Interfax Global Energy Services; Intrepid GTL; JX Nippon Research Institute; Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd; Narkangan GTL International Company; NiQuan Energy; Oberon Fuels; Primus Green Energy; Renaissance Heavy Industries; REPSOL; Servon Nigeria; Shell International Exploration and Production N.V.; Siluria Technologies; SMBC Europe Division; Stena International; Tasweeq; The Hong Kong and China Gas Co. Ltd.; Total Petrochemicals & Refining; Velocys; Ventech Engineers International LLC; Wyoming State; XTL & DME Institute; Zvinax ingénierie;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

9:10 The importance of viability in small-scale GTL

David Small

David Small, Group Vice President Global Energy Services, NiQuan Energy

• An update on the GTL project
• Assessing the evolving GTL climate and innovative new players
• Future outlook for small-scale GTL prospects

9:50 Energy outlook: Discussing the commercial sustainability of the GTL industry in a volatile energy market

Toril Bosoni

Toril Bosoni, Oil Market Analyst, IEA

• What patterns can be identified in GTL investment
• Emerging factors that could alter the current state of the oil px
• What is the future of GTL demand likely to be?

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The success envelope of GTL in our new world and how to stretch it

Roger Newenham

Roger Newenham, Managing Director, Newenham Consulting Services

• Competition and demand for other gas based chemicals
• Lower margins between “distressed”/”remote”, etc., gas and oil based products
• Smaller scale GTL plants
• CAPEX inflation

11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Where is GTL’s place in the new oil market?

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

David Small

David Small, Group Vice President Global Energy Services, NiQuan Energy

Neville  Hargreaves

Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, Velocys

• What are the economic benefits exclusive to smaller-scale GTL projects?
• What are the financing opportunities for GTL projects?
• How can projects create robust strategies to last the tumbling oil price?

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Successful financing for small-scale GTL projects

14:00 Gas monetisation in small-scale GTL

George Boyajian

George Boyajian, Vice President Business Development, Primus Green Energy

• Converting flared gas into high value liquids
• Complete overview of the project and updates
• The economics discussed and explained

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Project status of small scale GTL in the current economic climate

Neville  Hargreaves

Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, Velocys

• Progress of the construction of Velocys’ commercial reference plant in Oklahoma City
• Results of testing programme demonstrating significant improvements in process intensification during 2015.
• Development of larger microchannel reactors with capacities in the range 350 – 1000 bpd
• Readiness for commercial operations: operating protocols

15:50 INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: Overview of Day One

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

• Summary of the day’s presentations
• Has Day One achieved your expected learning goals?
• What to expect from Day Two?

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

9:10 An examination of what has succeeded in the industry

Ed  Osterwald

Ed Osterwald, Partner, CEG Europe

• A survey of GTL projects that are considered to have been successful
• Factors that were crucial to success
• Applying these lessons to  GTL in the future

9:50 GTL for onshore gas exploration and production

Mark Lappin

Mark Lappin, Director of UK-Netherlands E&P Subsurface, Centrica Energy

• The possibility of GTL as an alternative connection to the grid
• The benefits and challenges of GTL for E&P
• Future outlook

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Methanol to Gasoline technology: A route to success?

Mitch Hindman

Mitch Hindman, Global Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering

• An update of the benefits of MGT technology
• Where is this being applied and why is it successful?
• Challenges and how these can be overcome

11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key drivers for GTL projects?

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

Ed  Osterwald

Ed Osterwald, Partner, CEG Europe

Narsi Ghorban

Narsi Ghorban, Managing Director, Narkangan GTL International Company

• What are the strategic and market drivers?
• What are the environmental reasons for GTL?
• What are the economic drivers behind GTL projects?

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Products perspective: Implementing a successful marketing strategy

14:00 GTL Prospects in Iran and West Asia

Narsi Ghorban

Narsi Ghorban, Managing Director, Narkangan GTL International Company

• GTL economics in West Asia
• GTL in Iran after the sanctions
• GTL for flare gas in the region

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Siluria Technologies – Disrupting the energy value chain

Rahul Iyer

Rahul Iyer, Director, Siluria

• New chemistry for wider feedstock range and higher value chemical products
• Innovative process designs based on standard and modular equipment
• Strategic engineering for maximum compatibility with the existing infrastructure

15:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: What is the future of gas monetisation in a low oil price environment?

David Small

David Small, Group Vice President Global Energy Services, NiQuan Energy

Rahul Iyer

Rahul Iyer, Director, Siluria

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

• In which regions is gas monetisation proving to be a success?
• Which forms of gas monetisation are less effected by the tumbling oil price
• What is GTL’s future like in comparison to other gas monetisation options?

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd


Official Associations



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Int. J. of Environmental Technology and Management


IJETM is a refereed and authoritative source of information in the field of environmental technology and management. Together with its sister publications IJEP and IJGEnvI, it provides a comprehensive coverage of environmental issues. It deals with the shorter-term, covering both engineering/technical and management solutions.

International Journal of Critical Infrastructures


IJCIS provides a professional and scholarly forum for cross-learning between different scientific and technological disciplines, and between business and economic, as well as between societal and managerial, disciplines in the area of critical infrastructures. Critical infrastructures are networks for the provision of telecommunication and information services, energy services (electrical power, natural gas, oil and heat), water supply, transportation of people and goods, banking and financial services, government services and emergency services.

International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology


IJOGCT is a multidisciplinary refereed journal that is concerned with exploration, production, processing and refining, storage and transportation, economical, managerial, business, environmental, safety and security issues related to oil, natural gas, coal and petrochemicals as well as manufacturing and refining of biofuels.

Petroleum Africa


Petroleum Africa is the world's leading monthly magazine dedicated to providing in-depth upstream and downstream coverage of key issues affecting the fast-paced oil and gas industries of Africa, the last great exploration frontier. Its broad-based coverage and analysis of current activities provides you with the latest news, an African country focus, exclusive interviews, technology updates, company profiles, and essential political reviews from the world's top energy players. And for daily news from the continent www.petroleumafrica.com offers the latest information as it happens, along with an event calendar, country reports, industry links, and access to Petroleum Africa magazine articles.

International Journal of Global Energy Issues


The International Journal of Global Energy Issues provides an international forum and authoritative source of information on renewable and non-renewable energy resources, energy-economic systems, energy and environment, international energy policy issues, technological innovation and new energy sources. It envisages the use of analytical tools and concepts from multifarious disciplines to address concerns for ecological, social, economic and political dimensions of sustainability.IJGEI seeks to establish an effective channel for communication between policymakers, government agencies, concerned citizens, consumer bodies, industry, public authorities and members of academic/research institutions

Int. J. of Global Environmental Issues


The International Journal of Global Environmental Issues is a refereed reference and authoritative source of information in the field. Facing up to the challenge of longer-term issues, it completes the trio of journals (together with the International Journal of Environment and Pollution and the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management) which offer a comprehensive view of the key issues in the environmental debate.

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy


IJETP is a vehicle to provide a refereed and authoritative source of information in the field of energy technology and policy.

World Oils


Worldoils is a company that combines the power of marketing as well as the in-house expertise for the Oil, Gas, Offshore and the Maritime industries. Worldoils' web portal www.worldoils.com has become a truly central platform for visitors who need information regarding oil and gas products and services, research, training, conferences, news and events as well as a popular advertising base for providers of Oil, Gas, Marine and Offshore services. Worldoils has also launched the jobs system and a marketplace. In the recent months, Worldoils has strengthened its position as a fast developing central place for buying and selling of land rigs, offshore rigs,barge rigs and other oilfield and subsea equipment.

Global Energy Certification (GEC)


The Global Energy Certification (GEC) designation is a 100% online-based energy industry training and certification program that can be completed as quickly as you’d like. With 12 examination dates offered each year, the GEC program is flexible and made to fit your schedule. The GEC program is the most popular and trusted certification program built exclusively by and for energy industry professionals.

NRG Expert


NRGExpert is an independent energy market intelligence and research company. We specialise in energy market research reports, energy market databases and energy market consulting as well as analysis and market forecasts. Our global energy market research reports cover the electricity, water and waste, gas, hydrogen, nuclear and the renewable energy markets. We follow the energy markets very closely and we produce a wide range of reports, databases and directories. We also answer very specific energy market information requirements with our energy market consulting and data services. We provide information to a wide range of companies, associations, education and government bodies and organisations.

Official Associations

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)

Official Associations

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of European natural gas infrastructure operators active in natural gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 68 member companies from 25 countries.


Official Associations

Cedigaz is an international association dedicated to natural gas information, created in 1961 by a group of international gas companies and the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP Energies Nouvelles). It is based near Paris. Cedigaz has more than 150 members in 40 countries. Cedigaz' goals consist in gathering, compiling and analysing worldwide economical information on natural gas, LNG and unconventional gas in an exhaustive and critical way. The information that Cedigaz deals with touches on all activities and aspects of the gas industry (exploration, reserves, production and processing, transportation, trade, storage, distribution and consumption of natural gas). Cedigaz diffuses the information in its periodic bulletins, surveys and online databases.


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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