EFI's annual Gas Flare Monetization 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 flared, stranded, and associated 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 on the outlook for natural gas, 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.
Gas Flare Reduction and Monetization | An updated version of the World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership's (GGFR) Mini/MicroGTL technology assessment, perspectives on the small-scale gas conversion landscape in 2018, and on the reduction and elimination of flaring in scenarios including stranded and associated gas, operations, and well completions.
Biogas & Waste-to-Fuels and Chemicals | Briefings from companies, including LanzaTech, and Velocys, receiving investment and attention for technologies and projects involving the conversion of waste, including MSW, biomass and carbon emissions to sustainable fuels (including jet fuel) and chemicals.
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 higher oil prices, increasing petrochemical consumption, and exports, 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, jet, 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 Velocys, Emerging Fuels Technology, Modular Plant Solutions and INFRA Technology.
Small-Scale LNG | Update by Galileo Technology on the commercial deployment of small-scale, transportable LNG and/or CNG production, with scalable capacity for numerous applications.
Methanol Fuel Pathways | Briefings on the commercialization of technologies for downstream methanol-to- power, fuels and products, including world-scale and small-scale distributed methanol production.
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 continuing low NG and NGL prices are affecting these.
Technology Development | Presentations by companies on research, development and commercialization of technologies related to all aspects of gas monetization and syngas generation. Briefings include process intensification R&D for gas treatment and processing by ExxonMobil Upstream Research being done with Johnson Matthey, low steam-to-carbon reforming by Haldor Topsoe, and innovative new structured catalysts for steam methane reforming being developed by ZoneFlow Reactor Technologies.
Novel Conversion Routes |
Talks covering novel approaches to the conversion of natural gas to
fuels and chemicals including a briefing by Siluria Technologies on the recently announced collaboration with Saudi Aramco using the company's direct oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) to maximize the output of high-value chemicals from crude oil processing.
GTL Fundamentals Short Course | A comprehensive short course to learn and / or get up to speed on global GTL processes, production, applications and developments.