EFI's annual Gas-to-Market and Syngas Conversion Forum brought together stakeholders involved in key developments related to the technologies, strategies and projects in the dynamic areas related to the monetization of natural gas, the production of syngas from renewable and fossil feedstocks, and the conversion to fuels and chemicals.
Presentations from EFI member companies and invited guests included:
Strategic Perspectives | Strategic and techno-economic perspectives from industry representatives including a keynote talk by ExxonMobil featuring an updated analysis of the trends that are shaping global supply and demand for natural gas, expanding availability enabled by new technologies, and growth in sectors such as transportation and power generation.
Stranded & Associated Gas Monetization | An exploration and assessment of the pathways being explored by resource owners, operators, and technology providers to monetize natural gas, methane, ethane, and NGLs, an analysis of the technoeconomic impacts related to low oil prices, increasing petrochemical consumption, and exports, featuring a talk by Honeywell UOP R&D Director David Greer with a focus on criteria for success at different scales.
Small-Scale & Modular GTL | A session focusing on technology development, pilot projects, demonstrations, and first commercial references of small-scale GTL and syngas technologies and the opportunities they present in North America and elsewhere for both offshore and distributed conversion of natural gas and other feedstocks into fuels (diesel, gasoline, LNG, CNG, DME) and chemicals. The session will feature updates from companies at the vanguard of development, demonstration and commercial activities in this area including Honeywell UOP, BgtL, Praxair, and INFRA Technology.
Small-Scale LNG | Update on the recent commercial introduction of small-scale, transportable LNG and CNG production plants by Galileo Technology with scalable capacity for numerous applications.
Methanol Fuel Pathways | Briefings by ExxonMobil, Haldor Topsoe, ADI and ChemBioPower on the commercialization of technologies for downstream methanol-to- power, fuels and products, including progress with a fluid bed version of MTG, small-scale distributed methanol production, and the techno-economic impacts of the "methanol economy".
Gas-to-Products | Insight from stakeholders into the dynamics of some of the gas-to-products projects under consideration or planned in North America, and how the lowest NGL prices in more than a decade are affecting these.
Alcohols & Ethers | An update by Standard Alcohol on its first commercial mixed alcohol plant for the production of a drop-in replacement for ethanol, other oxygenates, and speciality chemicals; and updates on distributed small-scale methanol production and the opportunities for downstream methanol fuel applications (including DME) from technology providers Haldor Topsoe and their partners.
Bioconversion of Methane | An update by Rice University's Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative (iBio) on research and development related to the bioconversion of feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals.
Advanced Fuels & Engines | Insight into current developments related to methanol and DME engines, the VW diesel emissions scandal rulings, the scope and impact of the findings, calls to ban sales of gasoline and diesel engines, and Mazda's introducton of the world's first production HCCI engine.
GTL Fundamentals Short Course | A comprehensive short course to learn and / or get up to speed on global GTL processes, production, applications and developments.
Site Visit Program |A briefing and guided visit to INFRA Technology's recently commissioned M100 GTL plant.