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SPE Gas Technology Workshop

26 – 27 May 2014

Doha, Qatar

Technical Agenda

Monday, 26 May

Session 1: Development of Ship-To-Ship Transfer System for LNG

Session Chair: Bas van den Beemt, TNO

This session will focus on the development of LNG loading/off-loading systems between ships. We will discuss the prospects and challenges of developing these types of systems and installing them in LNG commercial projects.

Session 2: Effective Measures of Addressing Health and Safety Challenges Associated with the Operational Aspects of GTL/LNG

Session Chair: Valentine Mmerole, ABB

This session will include comprehensive discussions on identifying and mitigating all the health and safety risks/challenges associated with the designing, constructing, installing, operating and decommissioning of the GTL (Gas-to-Liquid) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) process facilities. The aim is to ensure loss prevention during the Installation/Operations/Decommissioning phase of the process facilities.

Other topics to be included in this session are as follows:

  • Good practices in the industry to prevent the loss of lives (employees/other personnel) and property (facilities).
  • Measuring and mitigating health, safety, and environmental risks during the production process chain.
  • Measures to improve the skills/competency of the workforce in order to reduce human errors in the industry.
  • Behavioural-based programmes available to the workforce to help them make the right safety decisions at the right time during the course of work (naturally without compulsion).
  • OHS statistics and trends in the GTL/ LNG sector, and measures to make the business safer.
  • Health and safety local and legislative requirements for the design and operation of GTL/ LNG process facilities.
  • Flammable vapour clouds, large fires and other serious accidents in LNG/ GTL—Case studies, causes, effects, impacts and lessons learnt. 

Session 3: Integration of the Upstream and Downstream in GTL/LNG projects

Session Chair: Mohamed E. El Huni, Waha Oil Company

This session will address the pros and cons relating to upstream and downstream processes in GTL/LNG projects. Some companies prefer to buy gas from external companies and sell GTL products. Other companies operate GTL projects from their own gas fields to produce GTL products. What are the advantages, challenges and differences between the two?

Tuesday, 27 May

Session 4: Gas Monetisation/Underground Gas Storage in GTL/LNG Projects

Session Chairs: Ahmed Aly, TPS; Yoshifumi Suehiro, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation

This session will focus on various aspects of the technologies pertaining to GTL/LNG Projects. The aim is to discuss industry and technology trends in GTL/LNG. Main topics to be included in this session are as follows:

  • Industry Trends

What is the current status of GTL commercial projects and what are the challenges they face? Some LNG plants are built for CBM as feed gas. In North America, there are plans in the works for GTL plants that will use shale gas. These plans raise interesting questions—how will the economics work? What is the possibility of CBM/shale gas attracting GTL/LNG commercial projects in the coming 20 years?

  • Technology Trends

New technologies are being used in the GTL/LNG industry. Some companies apply LNG technology to offshore gas fields. Will FLNG increase in the coming 20 years? Other companies apply micro channel technology to syngas and FTS units. How do we increase Micro-GTL over the coming 20 years?

Session 5: Overview of GTL/LNG with respect to Global Economics and Market Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges

Session Chairs: Olukayode Ayanlowo, Total E&P Nigeria; Othman Al Yafei, Dolphin Energy

This session will feature discussions about the future trends of GTL/LNG with respect to global economics and market opportunities; especially, the area of the capability of feed gas, GTL products market, and EPC to GTL/LNG projects would be discussed.

While pipeline networks and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) remains the main focus for gas-producing countries and companies, GTL represents one of the major alternatives for them to monetise their natural resources mainly for transportation fuel markets. Although the future of GTL technology looks promising, uncertain economic factors, vis-à-vis the cost of production, and viability, pose a constant challenge.

Case Study: Gas Condensate Reservoirs

Session Chair: Mohamed E. El Huni, Waha Oil Company

This session will feature case studies on developing gas condensate reservoirs with GTL/LNG. Gas condensate reservoirs produce gas and liquids, with liquids contributing to the increase of the projects’ profits. We will discuss how to integrate and optimise the development of gas condensate reservoirs with GTL/LNG.