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HP Viewpoint: Small-scale GTL to transform gas processing at oil fields

Iain Baxter is the business development director for CompactGTL. A natural gas and GTL expert, Mr. Baxter discusses his outlook for GTL worldwide, particularly with regard to small-scale liquids production from associated gas.

Baxter, I., CompactGTL

Iain Baxter is the business development director for CompactGTL, a UK-based company that specializes in small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology. A natural gas and GTL expert, Mr. Baxter discussed with Hydrocarbon Processing his outlook for GTL worldwide, particularly with regard to small-scale liquids production from associated gas. HP. How does a small-scale GTL unit operate compared with a large-scale, conventional plant? IB. Fundamentally, the technology is predicated on the fact that there are two types of reactors needed for the GTL process: syngas [synthesis gas] production and Fischer-Tropsch [FT] synthesis. We have those two types of reactors, and we have made them about

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