Oil & Gas Division
Huddleston Energy plan and build Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) installations for (1) the recovery and transportation of gas associated with oil production, or (2) the transportation of natural gas remote from markets or gas pipelines. The various technologies we can offer lumpsum turnkey are discussed briefly below.
Catalytic conversion is the principle technology for production of “synthetic crude oil”. Both Sasol and Syntroleum have licensed processes where Fisher-Tropsch type catalysts are used to catalytically react synthesis gas into a liquid hydrocarbon. Each licensor has his own proprietary system for the conversion of natural or associated gas into synthesis gas before the catalytic reaction.
Plasma technology is an emerging technology for the conversion of natural or associated gas into synthesis gas before the catalytic reaction.
Catalytic conversion can also be used to convert synthesis gas into methanol, an easily transported liquid with a vast range of uses in the world market. The a common catalyst is copper mixed other metal oxides. Methanol is produced in Norway from offshore gas piped to shore. Worley has proposed a barge mounted methanol plant to convert gas at source without subsea pipelines. The same technology can work in land-locked areas to convert natural gas to liquid methanol, which can then be shipped by rail, highway or tanker.
LNG technology is major technology for liquefaction of gas for transportation. Most LNG plants to date are onshore and use cryogenic tankers for transportation. Offshore LNG plants on barges have been proposed by major oil & gas companies for offshore fields. The cryogenic tanker technology is easily extended to road and rail transportation, but both of which lack the economy of scale of tanker transport by sea.
Gas hydrate technology is an emerging technology for both the production and transportation of gas. There are vast quantities of natural gas hydrates both in deeper waters offshore as well in permafrost regions of the world. Serious research is ongoing by the US Government for both how to produce the solid hydrates and how to transport them to market as solids or in a liquid carrier.
The Oil & Gas Division of Huddleston Energy can put forward all of these technologies for consideration in the solution of stranded gas developments. We will start from the site-specific availability of gas and proceed to define the optimum technology for recovery and/or transportation.
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If you are the owner or partner of an undeveloped oil or gas asset, or downstream business opportunity, contact Huddleston Energy immediately for a discussion or review.