Offshore GTL plant authorized for use by Petrobras

Petrobras’ CENPES Research and Development Center has concluded qualification testing of the world’s first modular small-scale GTL facility, according to supplier CompactGTL.

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Petrobras’ CENPES Research and Development Center has concluded qualification testing of the world’s first modular small-scale GTL facility, according to supplier CompactGTL. The center has also qualified and approved the process conception for use by Petrobras. 

CompactGTL’s solution offers an alternative to gas flaring. The system is said to incorporate all features required for commercial application in treating associated gas at remote offshore oilfields.

These include gas pre-treatment, pre-reforming, reforming, waste heat recovery, process steam generation, syngas compression, Fischer Tropsch synthesis, FT cooling water system, and tail gas re-cycling, which can be integrated to a host facility or operated on a standalone basis.

The mini-channel SMR and FT reactors, operating with new catalysts coated on metal substrates (combustion, reforming, and FT), demonstrate for the first time a compact, low center of gravity GTL process, CompactGTL claims.

Nicholas Gay, CEO, said: “We can now progress our plans in conjunction with clients throughout the world to develop commercial scale modular gas to liquid plants.”

01/24/2012

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