US Engelhard to produce advanced catalyst required by Sasol process

Jul 18, 2000 02:00 AM

A process that enables energy companies to convert gas into liquid hydrocarbons such as diesel has taken a further step towards realisation. Synthetic fuels company Sasol says it has entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement in which US-based Engelhard will produce an advanced catalyst required by Sasol's Slurry Phase Distillate (SPD) process.
The company says that the catalyst will be used at SPD gas-to-liquids plants currently under development in Nigeria and Qatar and future plants that may be developed under a global alliance with Chevron. Sasol says the combination of the Engelhard-manufactured catalyst and its SPD process offers an economically viable means of immediately monetising gas reserves.
It said the process will allow energy companies to tap natural gas reserves in remote areas by enabling them to convert the natural gas to liquid hydrocarbons which are much easier and less expensive to transport. Additionally, it says the automotive diesel fuel obtained from the process is of excellent quality and essentially free of sulphur and aromatics.
Sasol said it is in negotiations with several other major international energy companies to license the process or utilise it in joint projects

Source: Energy24
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