What is GTL?
Sasol is a world leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels (and chemicals) from natural gas. Our innovative GTL, or gas-to-liquids, technology harnesses clean, abundant natural gas reserves to make diesel and jet fuel in a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way. As part of America’s energy mix, GTL will help the U.S. meet its growing transportation needs while advancing its energy independence.
GTL is a Proven alternative energy
- Sasol has produced liquid fuels from both coal and natural gas for over 60 years with its proprietary (Fischer-Tropsch) technology.
- Sasol currently operates Oryx GTL, the largest, most technologically advanced GTL facility in the world in Qatar.
- Additional GTL facilities exist today in Qatar and Malaysia and a new facility is currently under construction in Nigeria.
- Unlike other proposed alternatives to conventional gasoline, GTL fuel can be used in existing vehicles and fuel delivery infrastructure without expensive modifications.
gtl technology will enhance u.s. energy independence
- GTL fuel will help the U.S. reduce oil imports by tapping its own abundant natural gas resources to produce affordable transportation fuel and other products.
- The U.S. has over 2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas still underground – nearly a century's worth at current – due to advances in production technology.
- GTL production will contribute to an affordable, reliable energy supply for America.
- Every gallon of GTL fuel we produce is more money being pumped back into the U.S. economy and less money transferred abroad.
- GTL production will support thousands of permanent, construction and indirect jobs, infusing money into communities and creating demand for goods and services.
GTL is a cleaner-burning transportation fuel
- GTL technology utilizes clean, abundant natural gas reserves.
- GTL transportation fuel is cleaner burning than conventional diesel with a comparable, and potentially lower, greenhouse gas profile.
- GTL fuels are virtually free of sulfur and aromatic compounds and reduce emissions of particulates, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and other pollutants and will improve air quality.
- A 2005 PriceWaterhouseCoopers study showed that GTL production offers substantial air quality benefits compared to an oil refinery due to its lower sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emissions.
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