Sasol to power Nigerian Escravos project

Apr 11, 2005 02:00 AM

The $ 1.7 bn Escravos gas-to-liquids plant (EGTL) in Nigeria will use South African oil and chemicals group Sasol's Slurry Phase Distillate Fischer-Tropsch process and the group will provide a portion of the risk-based finance for the project, Sasol said. The engineering, design and procurement contract of the Escravos project was awarded as well.
The EGTL owners are Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL).

The contract provides a major boost to the development of GTL diesel, which is set to revolutionise the performance of diesel technology and improve air quality by reducing vehicle emissions. The plant will be built at the CNL facility at Escravos in Nigeria's Delta province and is expected to produce 34,000 bpd of GTL products including GTL diesel, GTL naphtha and a small amount of LPG.
"We are very proud to be working with a fellow African company to deliver a cutting edge solution to the world's future transport fuel needs," Sasol CEO PieterCox said.

EGTL will be only the second commercial-scale GTL plant outside of South Africa, making Nigeria a key producer of top quality GTL products. Oryx GTL, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Sasol, is the world's first commercial scale GTL plant and is expected to start producing by the first quarter of 2006.
GTL diesel is very low in aromatics and is a low, almost no-sulphur product, which reduces environmental emissions. GTL's power rating (cetane) is almost 50 % more than the cetane rating of traditional diesel, allowing a reduction in noise and smoke together with improved cold-start properties and improved overall performance.

Compatible with existing diesel technology and easily distributed using existing infrastructure, major motor manufacturers view GTL as an important part of the future fuel slate, especially where air quality is a pressing issue. DaimlerChrysler has already begun research into GTL diesel and its effect on emissions and engine performance.
Sasol is at the forefront of the GTL industry and, together with its partners, is planning to produce 500,000 bpd of liquid fuels from natural gas by end of 2013. Sasol currently produces 160,000 bpd of liquid fuels from synthetic gas derived from coal at its Secunda facility in South Africa.

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