Converting natural gas to synthetic diesel could be a cleaner fuel alternative for our future. The resulting diesel has a high cetane rating, is odourless, colourless and contains almost no impurities. The science behind the gas-to-liquid (GTL) process is the Fischer-Tropsch Process, which was developed in 1925. This process been successfully applied ever since by companies such as Shell and Sasol to produce synthetic hydrocarbons. The Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process produces fuels by converting syngas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen (produced from biomass or fossil fuels such as natural gas and bitumen residuals) into F-T diesel. F-T synthesis is a chemical reaction combining hydrogen (H) and carbon monoxide (CO) in a 2:1 ratio through a catalytic reaction to produce a synthetic hydrocarbon.
SynStream plans to utilize Expander Energy Inc’s EGtL™ process, which offers a competitive advantage over standard F-T plants by maximizing the production of high value diesel fuels by recycling lower value by-products. This process can also use low-cost natural gas liquids (such as ethane and propane) as feedstock, thereby increasing economic returns. SHM: SynStream Energy Corp is currently engaged in gas-to-liquids (GTL) and biomass-to- liquids (BTL) development, as well as the acquisition, exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas reserves in Western Canada.
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