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Reuters: Qatar Oryx GTL project ‘delayed’

Reuters – 13/09/2006

Technical problems have delayed commissioning of the Oryx gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar and the plant’s output will not reach the market until the first quarter of next year, the plant’s operator said.

Previously the plant had been scheduled to start selling fuel this year but problems with a super heater have caused delays, a spokesman for South Africa fuels company Sasol said.

Oryx is the world’s first commercial-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant. The plant will produce 34,000 barrels per day of liquid fuels from natural gas.

The plant is operated in partnership with Qatar Petroleum, while oil major Chevron will do most of the marketing in Europe and North America under the joint Sasol Chevron brand.

Qatar wants to develop GTL as a way to get its vast gas reserves to market, alongside sales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pipeline gas.

Royal Dutch Shell is developing what will be the world’s biggest GTL project, also in Qatar, which is expected to start around the end of the decade.
 

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