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Gas-to-Market & Energy Conversion Forum

Hotel Granduca

Houston, Texas

26 - 28 October 2016

EFI devotes one of its annual member forums to an exploration of the status and outlook, recent developments, and the challenges being addressed for a range of technologies being developed and deployed worldwide to bring natural gas to market, and the production of syngas from a variety of feedstocks as a building block route to the production of fuels and chemicals. Business casual attire 


Wednesday, 26 October


09.00 - 11.30 Optional GTL Tutorial

11.00 Forum registration opens

13.00 Forum commences

18.30 Welcome reception 

Thursday, 27 October


07.00 Continental breakfast

08.00 Forum recommences

12.30 Lunch

18.30 Reception & dinner

Friday, 28 October


07.00 Continental breakfast

08.00 Forum recommences
12.30 Lunch

Forum program concludes

Optional Site Visit program
13.30 Depart hotel for site visit
16.30 Return to hotel


Forum Program













Technoeconomic Impacts of Abundant Natural

Gas Liquids 

Jim Rekoske

Chief Technology Officer
Honeywell UOP



Shale Gas to Basic Consumer Products: Sasol's

LCCP Investment

Pat Quinlan

Business Manager

Lake Charles Cracker Project


Producing Low Carbon Fuel Additives

and Specialty Chemicals from Mixed Alcohols:

Standard Alcohol's First Commercial Plant

Peter Tijm

Chief Technology Officer

Standard Alcohol


The Natural Gas Supply Landscape and

Opportunities for Monetization

Uday Turaga

Chief Executive Officer
ADI Analytics



Syngas and Hydrogen Pathways for Bringing

Unconventional Gas to Market
Sanjiv Ratan
Deputy Vice President
Hydrogen - Syngas Product-Line
Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology










INFRA Technology's First Commercial Plant:

Countdown to Start Up

Kaan Akyalcin
Chief Executive Officer

INFRA Technology



Flare-to-Fuels and Modular Distributed

Production from Natural Gas

Robert Schuetzle

Chief Executive Officer

Greyrock Energy



Flarecatcher: Mobile, Modular, Scalable

Alkane Gas Recovery and Separation

Robert Zubrin


Pioneer Energy



Development of Larger Fischer-Tropsch

Reactors, and Progress at ENVIA Energy's GTL Plant
Ivan Greager

Engineering Director



The Future of Modular GTL: Ethane or Methane?

John Sofranko

Chief Executive Officer

EcoCatalytic Technologies




Small-Scale GTL Via Low Energy Electrical

Corona Discharge

Alex Yokochi

Chemical Engineering
Oregon State University





Purification of Landfill Gas and Digester Gas for

Pipeline Injection - Topsoe GECCO Gas Processing Solutions

Souheil Saadi

Business Development Manager
Haldor Topsoe


Technoeconomic Analysis of North American Forest Biorefinery

Benoit Delcroix

Lignocellulosic Materials Research Centre

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières



Additional presentations added as confirmed










ARPA-E: Innovating the Future

Ellen Williams

Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-e)

U.S. Department of Energy



Process Intensification for Upstream Separations

and Gas Treating

Charles Mart

Facilities Technology Manager




New Pathways to Fuels, Chemicals and Petrochemical Derivatives via OCM

David Zaziski


Business Development and Government Affairs

Siluria Technologies


Rethinking Distributed Gas Conversion to Clean

Energy and Chemicals

Jan Boshoff
Chief Executive Officer
Nu:ionic Technologies



Innovating for a Carbon Smart Future: LanzaTech's

Disruptive Gas Fermentation Technology

Patrick Sajbel

Business Development Director




Prospect for Renewable Gasoline Production

from CO2, Water and Renewable Energy

Richard Masel

Chief Executive Officer

Dioxide Materials



Modular GTL Pilot Plant Site Visit
INFRA Technology
Wharton, Texas

Friday, 28 October (13.00 - 16.30)


A briefing and guided visit to INFRA Technology's new 100 bpd modular GTL pilot plant located just outside Houston, providing delegates with a look at the company's small-scale technology for the production of synthetic oil and motor fuels directly from a Fischer-Tropsch reactor without the wax stage. The process features INFRA Technology's own catalyst and patented F-T fixed-bed reactor design.


Please note:  Participation in the site visit program is free of charge to forum delegates but requires registration (done during the forum online registration process) but there is no additional cost. Space on the site visit program is limited, and registration is being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  When all available places have been reserved, registration for the site visit will no longer be offered or available.


GTL Fundamentals Tutorial

Wednesday, 26 October (09.00 - 11.30)


The GTL Fundamentals Tutorial is an opportunity to learn and understand the basics of global GTL processes, production, applications, and developments, and to derive maximum benefit from presentations given at EFI's Gas-to-Market & Energy Conversion Forum that commences that day.


The small-group format and focused attention from expert industry veterans provides an excellent forum for learning, and for understading the opportunities being pursued in the monetization of stranded, flared, asssociated and shale gas. A comprehensive two-and-a-half-hour course ideal for all levels of industry experience.


Please note:  Participation in the GTL Fundamentals Tutorial requires registration (done during the forum online registration process), with a course fee of $75 that includes refreshments and all course material.


ARPA-E Natural Gas Industry Day
Rice University
Houston, Texas

Tuesday, 25 October (08.00 - 18.00)


All EFI forum delegates are invited to attend the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Natural Gas Industry Day at Rice University to meet with and hear from stakeholders in ARPA-E's six technology programs developing technologies and processes related to natural gas.

Click here to register

 Natural Gas Industry Day agenda

 Natural Gas Industry Day flyer


Please note: Participation in the ARPA-E Natural Gas Industry Day is free of charge but requires registration: click here to register.




 Forum Registration

 Forum Accommodation


Click Here to Register

Forum Registration (per delegate)
Option 1:  Delegate US $980
Option 2:  Delegate | Government & Non-Profit US $750
Option 3:  Delegate | Multiple (>1 registrant) US $680
Option 4:  Guest (spouse/partner) US $150


Forum registration (options 1 - 3) includes:

Wednesday forum, welcome reception and break; Thursday forum, breakfast, lunch, breaks, reception and dinner; Friday forum, breakfast, lunch and break, Site Visit;  all available documentation.


Guest registration fee (option 4) includes: Wednesday welcome reception; Thursday reception and dinner.


Hotel Granduca

1080 Uptown Park Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77056
Tel.:   +1-713-418-1000

The cost of accommodation is not included in the registration fee. A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved at the Hotel Granduca for forum attendees at a group rate of $272 (single or double room, excluding tax) per night for a standard guest room, including complimentary wireless internet access in guest rooms.


Reservations at the EFI group rate can be made in the following manner:


1.  Online: Use the following link, set up specifically for EFI forum attendees, to make a reservation online:

EFI reservation link


2.  By telephone:  Call the hotel's reservation department directly on the following number and request the "Energy Frontiers International" rate when making the reservation: 1-888-472-6382



1) The EFI group guestroom block is guaranteed until 25 October - after this date, or once the room block is filled (whichever comes first), EFI is unable to guarantee room or rate availability.
2) The EFI group hotel rate is only available with reservations made following the instructions above - reservations made in any
    other manner (e.g. via the hotel's regular website or a travel agent) may be charged at a higher rate.
3) After the reservation deadline EFI will no longer be able to guarantee room availability.  Contact the EFI Secretariat
    ( should you require assistance in getting a hotel reservation at the Hotel Granduca.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of the registration fee will be given for cancellations received in writing on or before 14 October 2016. No refund will be given for cancellations received after this date.  Substitutions are welcome at any time.



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