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A successful Gas-to-Liquids investment calls for an understanding of the latest technologies, the economic drivers behind these technologies, and the challenges of marketing the end-products – be they fuels, lubricants, waxes or other speciality chemicals. The oil price plunge of 2014/15 creates new challenges for developers of GTL projects, raising several questions. Are we entering a low oil price world for the long term? What are the prospects for the price of natural gas? Will there be a sufficient differential over the long term for GTL projects to be economically viable? This workshop will look at the GTL technologies that are available, the opportunities they present to monetise natural gas, and the challenges involved in implementing GTL projects and marketing their output.

This workshop will evaluate the latest GTL technologies and examine their key economic drivers, focusing on how viable GTL has become as a natural gas monetisation option in comparison with other options such as LNG and petrochemicals. It will summarise the progress of existing and planned projects, and consider what the future may hold. It will conclude that in the current energy price environment, successfully implemented projects will make very substantial profits for their stakeholders. The key challenge will remain getting access to proven technology.

The workshop will interest natural gas resource holders, project developers, technology providers, equipment suppliers, engineering contractors, financiers and potential end-use sectors for GTL products, such as the transportation and petrochemicals industries.


Workshop LEADER


Alex Forbes

Director, Forbes Communications

Independent energy journalist and consultant Alex Forbes has been reporting on energy developments and analysing trends for more than three decades. His expertise covers a wide range of energy issues – including oil, natural gas, electricity, renewables and climate change. His specialisms include unconventional fossil fuels, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquids (GTL).

In 2013, Alex received the annual award presented by the International Association for Energy Economics for Excellence in Written Journalism.

Alex travels frequently to attend, speak at and chair energy conferences, to conduct interviews with ministers and executives, to carry out consultancy assignments, and to visit major energy installations. Alex also takes on training assignments and conducts workshops and executive briefings.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Industry Overview

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications
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• What do we mean by GTL?
• The importance of energy price trends
• Why the GTL spotlight has shifted away from the Middle East
• Large-scale and small-scale GTL technologies
• Overcoming the technical and economic challenges

9:40 Exisiting & Emerging GTL Technologies

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications
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• Playing ‘Lego’ with molecules
• The product ‘slate’
• Achievements to date
• Emerging technologies
• Protecting intellectual property – and licensing

10:20 Afternoon Tea

10:50 Economic Viability of GTL Projects

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications
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• How GTL economics have evolved
• Case studies
• Comparing GTL with other gas monetisation options
• The economics of developing future GTL projects

11:20 Taking GTL Products To Market

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications
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• The key markets: transportation and chemicals
• Demonstration projects – past, present and future
• Maximising GTL revenues
• The role of policy in GTL development
• The future for GTL

12:00 Discussion & Questions - A Review Of The Session

12:30 End of Workshop


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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.

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