The volatile oil price has had a dramatic impact on the Gas to Liquids market and some large-scale projects’ operators have struggled to adapt to this unsteady landscape. Over the last 12 months, we have witnessed a few promising projects to halt or even shut down altogether. However, whilst some doors have had to close, other doors are opening with interesting emerging markets on the new GTL field. A few companies have discovered ways to significantly reduce operating costs and prove to be commercially viable despite the current economic climate.

With an impressive 18 years of experience in the Gas to Liquids field , the SAE Media Group are proud to announce the deliverance of their 19th Annual GTL conference, which will be held on the 12th to the 13th of October 2016 in London. This event will discuss how GTL companies can work with the tumbling oil price and how they can build robust strategies and create effective alternative solutions to enable them to weather the storm. This conference will have a special focus on small-scale GTL projects giving the chance to hear first-hand success stories from leading GTL operators. It will provide the perfect platform for experts to discuss with peers what companies need in place in order to overcome today’s challenges. Leading industry figures will dissect cutting edge topics, including project financing, marketing of GTL projects and innovative alternative applications of GTL plants.

  • Providing the chance to hear about the latest developments of small-scale GTL projects.
  • Presenting the latest developments in small scale technology and assessing it’s commercial viability.
  • Comparative analysis of emerging GTL markets, alternative solutions for GTL plants and GTL's future outlook
  • Assessment of the short term and long term drivers of the low oil price environment
  • Opportunities to hear how to establish effective marketing strategies for GTL products



SMi’s GTL series has brought together many industry leaders and key decision makers from around the globe. Held over three days, the event will attract key industry leaders and experts with job titles and companies that include:

Account Manager
Business Development Director
Business Development Manager
Business Development Manager XTL
Chief Economist
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Commercial Manager, Conversion Technology Centre
Deputy General Manager
Director, Licensing Business Development
Director, New Ventures
Expert Proposal Manager
FT Consultant
General manager, Business Development, GTL/CTL
General Manager, Project Planning Department
GLT Business Development Manager
Goverment Affairs Specialist
GTL Business promotion
GTL Proposal Manager
Head of Operations
Licensing Manager
Manager Market Assessment
Managing Director
Managing Director - Hydrocarbon Processing
New Business Development Manager
New Technology Manager
Operational Marketing Manager
Principal Engineer
Principal Process Engineer
Process Technology Director
Project Engineer
Project Manager
Proposals Manager
Research Engineer
Sales Manager
Senior Engineer
Senior Process Engineer
Senior Project Manager Sales
Senior Technologist
Senior Vice President Project Development
Technical Advisor
Technical Manager GTL CTL and Licensing
Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion
Vice President
Vice-President Corporate Strategy
XTL Process Engineer

ABB; Acacia Energy Limited; Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany GmbH; Air Products plc ; AlterNRG; BESIX GROUP NV; CEG Europe; CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED; Department Of Petroleum Resources; ExxonMobil; FFTechnology Ltd; Forbes Communications; Gaffney, Cline & Associates; Gas ConTec GmbH; Haynes and Boone LLP; Interfax Global Energy Services; Intrepid GTL; JX Nippon Research Institute; Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd; Narkangan GTL International Company; NiQuan Energy; Oberon Fuels; Primus Green Energy; Renaissance Heavy Industries; REPSOL; Servon Nigeria; Shell International Exploration and Production N.V.; Siluria Technologies; SMBC Europe Division; Stena International; Tasweeq; The Hong Kong and China Gas Co. Ltd.; Total Petrochemicals & Refining; Velocys; Ventech Engineers International LLC; Wyoming State; XTL & DME Institute; Zvinax ingénierie;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

9:10 The importance of viability in small-scale GTL

Ainsley Gill

Ainsley Gill, Chief Executive Officer, NiQuan Energy

• An update on the GTL project
• Assessing the evolving GTL climate and innovative new players
• Future outlook for small-scale GTL prospects

9:50 Energy outlook: Discussing the commercial sustainability of the GTL industry in a volatile energy market

Toril Bosoni

Toril Bosoni, Oil Market Analyst, IEA

• What patterns can be identified in GTL investment
• Emerging factors that could alter the current state of the oil px
• What is the future of GTL demand likely to be?

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The challenges of being an owner’s engineer for a GTL project

Ramiro Rodriguez

Ramiro Rodriguez, Vice President, CH2M Hill
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Interface Management
Logistics – Multi-country (USA and Trinidad)
Alignment of Tools and Techniques for the Integrated Project Management Team
Project Execution Strategy (from an owner’s perspective, not just the CH2M’s perspective)

11:40 Commercial reactors, commercial plant

Neville  Hargreaves

Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, Velocys

• Progress of the construction of Velocys’ commercial reference plant in Oklahoma City
• Results of testing programme demonstrating significant improvements in process intensification during 2015.
• Development of larger microchannel reactors with capacities in the range 350 – 1000 bpd
• Readiness for commercial operations: operating protocols

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 The success envelope of GTL in our new world and how to stretch it

Roger Newenham

Roger Newenham, Managing Director, Newenham Consulting Services

• Competition and demand for other gas based chemicals
• Lower margins between “distressed”/”remote”, etc., gas and oil based products
• Smaller scale GTL plants
• CAPEX inflation

14:10 Gas monetisation in small-scale GTL

George Boyajian

George Boyajian, Chief Commercial Officer, Primus Green Energy

• Converting flared gas into high value liquids
• Complete overview of the project and updates
• The economics discussed and explained

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 GTL – the energy industry’s Betamax?

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd


15:50 INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: The future for Gas-to-Liquids in a ‘lower for longer’ oil-price world

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

• The economic viability of GTL projects
• Strategic and market drivers
• Economic drivers behind GTL projects

16:35 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

17:00 Drinks Receptions hosted by Niquan Energy

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

9:10 Synergies in Alliances to Create Added Value and Reduce Costs

Doug Miller

Doug Miller, Vice President, Manager – Oil & Gas, Black & Veatch Corporation

  • Alliance benefits
  • Black & Veatch and EFT – GTL alignment
  • GTL – developing and advancing projects
  • GTL projects and factors for advancing
  • Progress on GTL technology and future opportunities
  • 9:50 GTL Prospects in Iran and West Asia

    Narsi Ghorban

    Narsi Ghorban, Managing Director, Narkangan GTL International Company

    • GTL economics in West Asia
    • GTL in Iran after the sanctions
    • GTL for flare gas in the region

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 GTL for onshore gas exploration and production

    Mark Lappin

    Mark Lappin, Director, COMPLETE Exploration & Development
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    • The possibility of GTL as an alternative connection to the grid
    • The benefits and challenges of GTL for E&P
    • Future outlook

    11:40 Methanol to Gasoline technology: A route to success?

    • An update of the benefits of MGT technology
    • Where is this being applied and why is it successful?
    • Challenges and how these can be overcome

    Mitch Hindman

    Mitch Hindman, Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil
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    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Does large-scale GTL have a future in a post shale-oil world?

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications

    • The key drivers of GTL economics – and how they are evolving
    • The long-term future for oil and natural gas prices
    • Case studies – Oryx, Pearl and Escravos
    • Large-scale versus small-scale

    14:10 Siluria Technologies – Disrupting the energy value chain

    Rahul Iyer

    Rahul Iyer, Vice President of Corporate Development, Siluria Technologies
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    • New chemistry for wider feedstock range and higher value chemical products
    • Innovative process designs based on standard and modular equipment
    • Strategic engineering for maximum compatibility with the existing infrastructure

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: What does the industry have to do differently?

    Malcolm Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Malcolm Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd



    George Boyajian

    George Boyajian

    Chief Commercial Officer, Primus Green Energy
    Neville  Hargreaves

    Neville Hargreaves

    Business Development Director, Velocys

    Ainsley Gill

    Chief Executive Officer, NiQuan Energy
    Ainsley Gill

    Alex Forbes

    Director, Forbes Communications
    Alex Forbes

    Doug Miller

    Vice President, Manager – Oil & Gas, Black & Veatch Corporation
    Doug Miller

    George Boyajian

    Chief Commercial Officer, Primus Green Energy
    George Boyajian

    Malcolm Wells

    Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd
    Malcolm Wells

    Mark Lappin

    Director, COMPLETE Exploration & Development
    Mark Lappin

    I have 33 years’ experience in upstream oil and gas businesses, working with ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and DART Energy.

    Originally a geologist, I worked in petroleum systems around the world and from early exploration to mature production in a series of technical and management roles.

    In July 2013 I moved to Centrica in role of Director of UK/Netherlands Exploration and Subsurface. This includes responsibility for onshore natural gas development. Previously, I acted as Europe General Manager at DART Energy and my tasks including bringing pilot production on-line and progressing development in unconventional gas licences in Central Belt of Scotland and northern England as well as running an active exploration programme in Poland.

    Prior to this, I acted as Germany Exploration Manager for ExxonMobil with a portfolio of unconventional gas acreage including CBM and Shale Gas.

    I have been involved in European onshore natural gas development since 2007.


    Mitch Hindman

    Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil
    Mitch Hindman

    Mitch graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and joined Exxon U.S.A. at the Baton Rouge, LA Refinery in 1980.

    After positions in projects, operations support and maintenance Mitch transferred to the Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties division in 1989 holding positions in sales and marketing. From 2000 to 2008 Mitch served in the ExxonMobil Americas Region in petroleum specialties sales and supply management positions. In 2008 Mitch transferred to ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) in the Technology Sales and Licensing Department.

    Mitch is currently the Licensing Manager for Synthetic Fuels Technologies for ExxonMobil Catalyst and Licensing LLC.

    Narsi Ghorban

    Managing Director, Narkangan GTL International Company
    Narsi Ghorban

    Neville Hargreaves

    Business Development Director, Velocys
    Neville  Hargreaves

    Rahul Iyer

    Vice President of Corporate Development, Siluria Technologies
    Rahul Iyer

    Mr. Iyer serves as Vice President of Corporate Development. With his experience navigating clean technology commercialization for multiple award-winning projects and companies, Mr. Iyer plays an instrumental role advancing Siluria’s strategy development and financing activities. Prior to Siluria, Mr. Iyer worked in clean energy for more than a decade co-founding multiple companies where he drove the commercialization of new technologies. Most recently, Mr. Iyer co-founded and served as Chief Strategy Officer of Primafuel, a waste-to-chemicals company recognized in 2008 by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Previously, he co-founded a fuel cell technology company, which became Intelligent Energy (IEH) now traded on the London Stock Exchange. At Intelligent Energy, he supported financing efforts, the development of the ENV Fuel Cell Motorcycle (recognized by Time and Popular Science as one of the Best Inventions of 2005) and helped develop projects with the World Bank, US Department of Defense, and US Department of Energy. Mr. Iyer is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering.

    Ramiro Rodriguez

    Vice President, CH2M Hill
    Ramiro Rodriguez

    Ramiro has more than 22 years of experience in industrial- and energy-related project and business development activities. He has been involved with clients and operation teams in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia since the mid-90s. He is fluent in Spanish, with basic proficiency in French and Portuguese.
    Some of the clients Ramiro has served include Chevron, Vopak, CNPC, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Odfjell, Pemex (PMI CIM), DCP Midstream, NiQuan Energy, Petroport, and Sempra USGP.

    Roger Newenham

    Managing Director, Newenham Consulting Services
    Roger Newenham

    Toril Bosoni

    Oil Market Analyst, IEA
    Toril Bosoni

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    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

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