Alex Forbes - Chairmans opening remarks "For the gas-to-liquids (GTL) industry, the past decade was one of significant achievements but also one of disappointments. The coming decade, in contrast, looks very promising. Two proprietary technologies have been proven at world scale, and other technology providers are on the threshold of proving their technologies at commercial scale. Market fundamentals look more supportive than ever, with oil prices expected to remain strong and natural gas prices, in some markets at least, looking soft for the foreseeable future. Little wonder, for example, that attention has turned to North America as a potential location for new world-scale GTL plants. As Shell’s Pearl GTL plant ramps up to full production in Qatar, the profitability of GTL will be amply demonstrated. This single project will materially impact the financial and production profiles of one of the world’s largest energy companies. To find out more about the potential of GTL technology, join us later this month at SAE Media Group’s GTL conference – one of the industry’s biggest regular gatherings – and experience for yourself the buzz of excitement spreading through the industry."

As the industry looks to the coming decade, the fundamentals are lining up in favour of GTL as never before. Several technologies are now proven at scale, and new small-scale technologies are on their way to fruition. Natural gas is more plentiful – and thus cheaper – than previously expected, thanks to the unconventional-gas revolution, while markets for oil products are expected to tighten. Finally, construction and finance costs have eased from their highs in 2008. For GTL, the future has never looked brighter

Drawing on the previous thirteen years of this conference, this year’s aim is to continue to provide an informative and topical 2 day conference and workshop. Punctuated with GTL plant case studies providing practical examples from industry leaders, as the construction process and technology have developed and extraction begun over the last year.

The conference will focus on the key industry drivers that have arisen over the last year and examine the future energy forecast. Leading industry experts will highlight the key influences in the GTL market such as the price of crude oil and gas price ratio, the current economic climate, plant construction costs, plant operating costs, scale and the resource reservoir. This conference will give an overview of the energy market and the differentials over the next five years, allowing informed decisions to be made on the future of the GTL.

The main focus of 2011’s conference is to examine how GTL plants that are extracting (or close to) and those pioneering new technology are fairing in the current market place, allowing a commercial insight into the market leaders based on their experience and current activities. This will then be complemented by examining the future drivers and challenges expected in the energy market, the economic and commercial angle of GTL, and applications of GTL as a fuel.

The conference gives a complete overview of the supply chain from research and construction through to GTL final application and the future of GTL in the energy market.

Join the discussion with other delegates and industry professionals on the GTL Linkedin group at



SAE Media Group invite you to attend a drinks reception in the Adelaide Suite foyer, at the end of Day 1's proceedings. Enjoy a class of wine and network with over 110 industry leaders.



CompactGTL's demonstration plant commisioned in Brazil


GTL attendees

"This is one of the best conferences I have attended...very experienced and knowledgeable speakers" General Manager, NNPC - 2010

"Good conference, quality of speakers, topics and content" Business Development Manager, Oryx GTL - 2010

"A very good overview of the GTL industry" Research Engineer, GDF Suez - 2010

"Conference was absolutely amazing"  General Manager, Planning, NNPC - 2010

Shell's pearl GTL plant

Above: Pearl GTL

Gas to Liquids 2011 - Current delegate breakdown


SMi's 2010 Gas to Liquids conference attracted over 100 attendees· from organisations including: 

Argus Media · Axens · BP · BP International, Central Petroleum · CEPSA  QUIMICA · Chevron · Compact GTL · CSL Group · Darton Commodities · Dresser-Rand (UK) ltd · ECon Gas · E-Meta Venture · Endeavour Search and Selection · ENI Spa · Foster Wheeler · Gas Technologies · Gas2 · Gazprom Export · GDF SUEZ · GTL Petrol LLC · Heatric · IFP · INFRA Technology  · JEEWON TECH · Johnson Matthey Catalysts · Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) · Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technolgy · Lurgi · Malwell Corporate Projects· Marathon Oil Company· Mellitah Oil and Gas· Mizuho Information and Research Institute · NAPIMS · Nexant · Nippon GTL Technology Research Association · NNPC · Northern Petroleum · Narkangan GTL  International· Oryx GTL· Oxford Catalyst Group · Oxford Institute for Energy Studies · Pacific GTL·  Pars Atlas Diesel· PDVSA-INTEVEP · Petralco Group · Petrologica ltd · PetroSA · Praxair · Process Systems Enterprise· Petrotrin· Protia· Qatar Airways· Qatar International Petroleum · Rentech INC· Repsol· Sasol Technology Netherlands · Shell· Shell International Petroleum· Shell Gas and Power International · Single Bouys Moorings · SMBC Europe· Special Metals Corportation· StatoilHydro Hydro· StatoilHydro ASA· Technip Italy Spa· Synfuels International Inc · Syntroleum Corporation · Total · United Development Company· Virgin Atlantic Airways· Volkswagen Ag Germany· Volvo Ab· World GTL.



  • Business Development Director
  • Business Development Manager XTL
  • CEO
  • Commercial Advisor – EGTL
  • Commercial Managers
  • COOs
  • Geological Advisors
  • Heads of Drilling
  • Heads of GTL
  • Manager Gas Division
  • Managing Director
  • Midstream Manager
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Project Advisors and Managers
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Scientist
  • Staff, Technology Planning Department
  • VPs and Heads of Exploration and Production


Gas to Liquids 2010 delegation breakdown 





Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

9:10 The delivery of Pearl GTL

Niels Fabricius

Niels Fabricius, Senior Technical Advisor, Qatar Shell GTL

9:50 Overcoming challenges of executing greenfield GTL project in the Niger Delta

Daniel  Ashade

Daniel Ashade, Deputy Project Manager for Escravos, Chevron Nigeria Ltd

• EGTL  will provide flares out solution by converting associated gas to high value environmentally friendly products
• Overview of the unique and unanticipated challenges in executing the GTL project in the Niger Delta
• Discussion of the innovative solutions and novel contracting strategies, workforce productivity enhancement programs and robust community engagement initiatives

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The microchannel advantage: liquidating smaller gas

Tad  Dritz

Tad Dritz , Business Development Director, Velocys Inc

• Small to medium scale gas monetisation: the microchannel advantage
• GTL prospects and alignment to business drivers
• Update on GTL demonstration at Petrobras and BTL demonstration in Austria
• Commercial traction for Velocys XTL projects

11:40 Modular GTL as an associated gas solution

Iain Baxter

Iain Baxter, Director of Business Development, CompactGTL

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Developing premium markets for GTL products

Daryl Rattai

Daryl Rattai, General Manager - UCG Commercialisation, Linc Energy

• Yerostigaz and Chinchilla status updates
• The effect of GTL technology on the energy market
• Current and future associated products and applications
• Examining carbon capture and storage solutions

14:30 Stranded Gas in Australia

John Heugh

John Heugh, Managing Director, Central Petroleum

• Update on conventional and unconventional gas/oil activity and competition in central Australia
• The progression of monster gas plays and abundant coal – GTL and CTL outcomes, with LNG possibilities
• The future for stranded gas – adding value
• Engineering costs and constraints, modularisation possibilities
• GTL as a commodity

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Greenhouse gas emission evaluation of the GTL pathway.

Grant Forman, PH.D.

Grant Forman, PH.D., GTL Product Development, Application & CO2 Manager, Sasol New Business Development

• GTL lifecycle: context and importance
• GTL and LCA methodology
• GTL Co-product emissions benefits
• GTL lifecycle: past, present and future


16:20 Latest trends in oil and gas project finance

Robert Clews

Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, SMBC Europe

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

9:10 Gas revoution and global energy markets

Paul van Rijssen

Paul van Rijssen, Sr. Business Development Manager XTL, Shell

• How Shell’s GTL assets Pearl (Qatar) and Bintulu (Malaysia) play uniquely to the trends in the global energy markets:
• Gas is growing as an abundant, acceptable and affordable source of global energy 
• Pearl is a world scale asset to produce clean fuels from a world scale gas resource
• Bintulu, the world’s first commercial GTL plant, focuses on a growing demand for specialty products

9:50 Understanding the dynamics of the global gas market

Howard Rogers

Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

• The key regional markets and their characteristics
• The 'Gas Glut' - current update
• Gas pricing in Europe - a change away from oil indexation?
• Outlook for LNG supplies and dynamics
• Future global dynamics and price linkages

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Unleashing the potentials of mega methanol plants

Giacomo Colmegna

Giacomo Colmegna, Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion, Methanol Casale

  • Methanol as a new chemical commodity
  • Typical bottle-neck equipment
  • Solutions for plant size escalation
  • 11:40 Future drivers and challenges of GTL

    Narsi Ghorban

    Narsi Ghorban, Managing Director, Narkangan GTL International

    • The viability of GTL as a result of decoupling of oil and gas prices
    •  Regional availability of gas resources for GTL projects
    • Associated environmental challenges of GTL production
    • The status of GTL projects in Iran after the removal of subsidies for gas

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The impact of technology of GTL project performance

    Matthias Wagner

    Matthias Wagner, Director GTL Technology, Lurgi

    • Technology reviews and the impact on GTL commercialisation
    • The impact of construction and operating costs on the viability of potential GTL projects
    • Update on activities and GTL projects

    14:30 Neat GTL Diesel: on road experience in a variety of applications

    • GTL diesel from the Low Temperature Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process has been available from pilot plants for nearly two decades and from commercial plants for a number of years.
    • GTL diesel is used as a blend component, but neat application remains an area of interest, in light of ongoing  efforts to enable the marketing of neat GTL type fuels as final products.
    • This presentation focuses on extensive experience with neat GTL diesel applications in real-life, on road applications and includes discussion of:
       - a controlled 10 bus fleet trial including 300,000 km of operation on neat GTL diesel;
       - a controlled passenger car trial covering 40,000 km on neat GTL diesel;
       - a 12,000 km trans-Africa expedition using neat GTL diesel; 
       - a two vehicle, three year long, 350,000 km real-life wildlife census project with both vehicles operating exclusively on neat GTL diesel.
    • Evaluation tools include lubricant condition monitoring, periodic vehicle performance testing and detailed post trial component evaluations.

    These on road trials showed GTL diesel to be a superior fuel from a performance and engine durability point of view

    Arthur  Bell

    Arthur Bell, Principal Engineer, Sasol Technology

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GTL - Past, Present and Future

    Malcolm  Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects

    16:00 Choosing between GTL and LNG - decision drivers

    Brian Songhurst

    Brian Songhurst, Director of LNG, Energy and Power

    • Market considerations
    • Infrastructure needs particularly for product export
    • Environmental parameters
    • CAPEX and OPEX for the complete value chain
    • Overall schedule from concept to production

    16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications



    Market fundamentals and technology breakthroughs herald a new dawn for GTL

    Market fundamentals and technology breakthroughs herald a new dawn for GTL

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