Client Letter
On the US GTL Industry
August 28, 2014

The nascent US GTL industry of course has shale gas innovation and efficiency step changes to thank for its most recent advances. Two years ago, only a small handful of gas-conversion infrastructure developments were proposed. The best way to do this is to invest in an arbitrage play that will be both sustainable and ultimately relatively simple to execute given existing competition. As of today, dozens of developers look to arbitrage the crude oil and natural gas and other markets in a variety of methods. And along the line of proven scaled concepts, some have already begun construction.

For GTL, there are now more than 10 FT-based projects, and another seven MTG-based projects. To these are added over a dozen methanol projects, dozens of ammonia newbuilds and expansions, and half a dozen DRI proposals, all announced within the last three years....Full Article

Industry Analysis
Industry Analysis: Improving the Viability of GTL Developments

On June 3-5, 2014, industry met in Houston at this publisher’s GTL North America 2014 conference to highlight the growth of the GTL industry and the advances in technology which may facilitate the first projects entering construction within the next two years. Some $50 billion of gas-conversion infrastructure has been proposed in the U.S., including four large-scale GTL projects along with a dozen smaller-scale projects, 11 methanol proposals, more than a dozen ammonia projects/upgrades, and new direct-reduced iron (DRI) infrastructure. This analysis highlights some key takeaways regarding how to improve the viability of U.S.-based GTL projects at small- to medium-scale. (<30,000 b/d)....Full Article

R3 Sciences working to commercialize modular gas-to-methanol units
November 22, 2013

R3 Sciences have successfully produced commercial grade methanol in a continuous flow pilot system using a liquid, homogenous catalytic process. Advances in homogenous catalysis developed by R3 Sciences will allow the production of methanol from air-derived syngas with only trace levels of catalyst residual. The company is looking to license its technology for deployment in transportable, modular units to process natural gas at the source, providing opportunities for oil field operators to commercialize stranded and flared gas into methanol. R3 Sciences is a unit of Enersciences Holdings, which through other units provides drilling fluids and services, frac and coil chemicals and power generation technologies for upstream operators. ...Full Article

Feature Articles
Feature- Flurry of CO2 Management Advances Make Headlines

In just the last two weeks three major research initiatives concerned with the advancement of technologies to convert or capture carbon dioxide efficiently at industrial scales have announced progress. Increasingly, research organizations and public and private commercial entities alike are pursuing advances in capturing, storing, and even efficiently converting CO2 to reduce overall emissions at energy projects. In this Feature we highlight these recent announcements, but there are already dozens of research programs in progress, which aim to convert CO2 into usable products or to sequester it in more efficient means.

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