The world’s first modular small-scale GTL facility has recently passed an extensive qualification test programme by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).

Petrobras’ CENPES Research and Development Centre has successfully concluded its qualification test programme of the world’s first modular small scale GTL facility and has qualified and approved its process conception for use by Petrobras. 

According to CompactGTL, the company behind the plant, the approval of the plant’s performance by Petrobras is a ‘significant milestone’ as it continues to undertake project studies, on behalf of clients worldwide, for commercial scale modular gas-to-liquids technology.

CompactGTL is a UK-based turnkey solution provider that has developed a modular GTL technology that handles the problem of associated gas.

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The CompactGTL solution offers an alternative to gas flaring and the plant incorporates all aspects required for commercial application in treating associated gas at remote onshore and offshore oilfield locations, including gas pre-treatment, pre-reforming, reforming, waste heat recovery, process steam generation, syngas compression, Fischer Tropsch synthesis, FT cooling water system and tail gas re-cycling, which can be integrated to a host facility or operated as a stand alone operation. 

The solution empowers oil and gas companies to develop fields previously considered uneconomic in remote (onshore and offshore) or deepwater environments.