This paper presents an overview of the challenges of using traditional synthesis gas reforming methods for efficient gas-to-liquids (GTL) conversion. A second objective is to show how newly emerging reformer technologies, such as those based on plasma or catalytic partial oxidation, will provide significant improvements. A case also will be made for how these new technologies, when paired with a high-efficiency Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process, provide a profitable alternative to the environmentally damaging, and wasteful, practice of flaring or venting associated gas.
Given the limitations of footprint, weight, safety, cost, and other factors for platform operations, the use of the FT process for flared-gas conversion to liquids is challenging. This study shows that the best process uses a catalytic partial-oxidation reformer, a unique wax-free FT catalyst, and an advanced FT reactor to meet all platform criteria while cutting traditional capital expenditures (Capex) and operational expenditures (Opex) in half....
New Syngas Reforming Solutions for Enhanced Gas-to-Diesel Conversion
20 March 2016