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Gold/Mining/Energy : Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline

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From: Snowshoe8/26/2011 4:06:54 PM
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Gasoline from the Slope? -
Janus Methanol proposes moving natural gas to market by conversion to gasoline
petroleumnews.com

For a number of years there has been discussion of the potential to convert North Slope gas to diesel fuel on the North Slope using a process called gas to liquids, or GTL, and then shipping the diesel fuel down the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The core of the GTL process is the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, a chemical process first used in Germany in 1936 to produce synthetic liquid fuel. However, a study of the relative costs of the Fischer-Tropsch process and MTG has indicated that it is significantly cheaper to produce a given volume of fuels with MTG than with Fischer-Tropsch, while the gasoline produced from MTG has a higher value and quality than the diesel from GTL, Van Wijk said.



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