The gas-to-liquids facility (GTL) – a first for the U.S. and a true game-changer for America’s energy future – will convert natural gas into cleaner-burning diesel fuel for transportation.
Sasol’s proposed GTL facility will convert natural gas into 96,000 barrels per day of GTL diesel and other valuable products, maximizing in-country value. The current project costs for the GTL facility is estimated between $11 -$14 billion.
GTL diesel is virtually free of sulfur and aromatic compounds, cleaner-burning than conventional diesel with equivalent or lower greenhouse gas emissions. Its use for transportation – especially in older vehicles without advanced exhaust after treatment systems – reduces emissions of particulates and other pollutants helping to improve ambient air quality. GTL diesel also has a number of performance benefits including enhanced engine cleanliness, better cold start performance and positive impacts on lubricant condition and engine life.
The front-end engineering and design phase for the project is expected to be completed in 2016 with beneficial operation to be achieved in 2019 (phase one) and 2020 (phase two).