23 March 2011 12:28 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Sour gas has flowed for the first time into the Pearl GTL (gas to liquids) plant at ?xml:namespace>
Shell is the operator of the unit, which is the largest GTL plant in the world, and said it had opened natural gas wells offshore to allow the gas to flow into the facility. “Sections of the Pearl GTL plant will be started up progressively over the coming months,” it added in a statement.
The giant energy project consists of two offshore platforms 60km off the coast of
Shell says that GTL naphtha “is an alternative feedstock to conventional naphtha for chemicals plants that make the building blocks for plastics. It has much higher paraffin content than conventional naphtha, which means each litre of GTL naphtha can produce more plastics”.
Other potential chemical feedstocks from the facility will include condensates and ethane.
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