GTL PROCESS OVERVIEW
- The Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) process is used to convert natural gas into clean hydrocarbon products.
- The GTL process involves three major steps:
- Syngas generation where natural gas is converted into synthesis gas (syngas), a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen;
- F-T synthesis in which the syngas is then reacted over a catalyst in a Fischer-Tropsch reactor, where it is converted into a mixture of essentially paraffinic hydrocarbons with a wide molecular weight distribution (synthetic crude or syncrude);
- The syncrude can then be upgraded to ultra-clean transportation fuels with no aromatics, sulfur, or nitrogen or can be converted to chemicals.
- The Utilities include:
- Oxygen plant
- Power plant (optional)
- Water treatment plant