gas-to-gasoline plant

Groundbreaking gas-to-gasoline plant

 

Turkmenistan inaugurated on Friday what is billed as the world's first gas-to-gasoline plant, set to turn some of the country's vast gas supply into around 15,500 b/d of motor fuel, primarily for the domestic market.

 

The plant outside the capital Ashgabat was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Turkish company Ronesans, and uses technology from Danish catalysis company Haldor Topsoe.

The latter, which participated in Qatar's Oryx gas-to-liquids project, hopes to see the technology in Turkmenistan adopted elsewhere. Previous gas-to-liquids projects around the world have mostly been oriented to diesel production.

The gasoline "complies with the highest environmental standards, contains no sulfur and very little unwanted byproducts," Haldor Topsoe said in a statement.

The plant is expected to use 1.8 billion cubic meters/year of gas and produce 92 octane gasoline, without additional processing. Turkmen official media reports previously put the price tag at $1.7 billion.

A number of gas-to-liquids projects have been mooted in Central Asia, including in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Turkmenistan is thought to hold the world's fourth-largest gas reserves and is a big supplier by pipeline to China. But it has struggled to diversify its customer base for gas, with some quantities periodically going to Iran and Russia.

Periodic fuel shortages remain common across much of ex-Soviet Central Asia, although Turkmenistan exports some liquid fuel from its two refineries, including to southern neighbor Afghanistan.

Haldor Topsoe said the startup of the Turkmen plant, with a ribbon cutting ceremony involving President Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov, had proceeded to plan.

"During the coming months, the performance test run is expected to be completed. At full capacity the plant will produce 15,500 b/d of gasoline," it said.

Gasoline should account for 85% of the product stream, the rest being LPG, it added.

The project "sets a new world standard for monetizing gas resources in a very effective way," CEO Bjerne Clausen said.

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This is great stuff! And the output is 92 octane, which is the equivalent to Western "premium" grade.  Now the Turkmens can import BMWs and Mercedes' machines and have the proper fuel to run them!  No more cheap Russian gas at 71 octane.....

Notice how the catalyst technology comes from Denmark.....

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21 minutes ago, Jan van Eck said:

This is great stuff! And the output is 92 octane, which is the equivalent to Western "premium" grade.  Now the Turkmens can import BMWs and Mercedes' machines and have the proper fuel to run them!  No more cheap Russian gas at 71 octane.....

Notice how the catalyst technology comes from Denmark.....

I had seen folks driving Benz's, BMWs, RRs(2), Bentleys and a Lambo there. I also found out these folks had also imported Euro grade gasoline.

It would be pretty amazing to see these technologies be in widespread use.

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1 minute ago, ceo_energemsier said:

I also found out these folks had also imported Euro grade gasoline.

And now they can make their own!    Sounds good to me.....

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18 hours ago, Jan van Eck said:

Notice how the catalyst technology comes from Denmark.....

What does that tell us? 

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45 minutes ago, BenFranklin'sSpectacles said:

What does that tell us? 

It tells me that those Danes are a smart people with an emphasis on science education, that are able to innovate.  And that gives me hope for the planet.  Hey, who knows what else they are going to come up with. 

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8 hours ago, Jan van Eck said:

It tells me that those Danes are a smart people with an emphasis on science education, that are able to innovate.  And that gives me hope for the planet.  Hey, who knows what else they are going to come up with. 

Same for the rest of the Western world for that matter.  I believe Russia also has some innovations to its name, and East Asia seems to be catching on. 

Makes me wonder why South America, Africa, the Middle East, and India have accomplished so little. 

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