October 2013

HPI Focus: Petrochemical Developments

Consider GTL as an economic alternative for stranded natural gas and ethane

The market price for ethane is well below historical values, and projections indicate that this condition will persist. What are the options to find economical applications for gas and related hydrocarbons?

Cantrell, J., Bullin, J. A., McIntyre, G., Bryan Research & Engineering, Inc.; Butts, C., Cheatham, B., BCCK Engineering, Inc.

The abundance of natural gas in widespread US locations has resulted in many resources being classified as remote or stranded. It is creating the need for economical options to move these resources to market. In many cases, the gas is ethane-rich, and there is a need for new ways to monetize a low-value ethane product. The present market price for ethane is well below historical values, and projections indicate that this market condition will persist. What are the options to find economical applications for natural gas and related hydrocarbons? Abundant natural gas supplies US natural gas production has increased substantially over the past 10 years. Fig. 1 shows the level of increased nat

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