Turkmenistan prepares to produce gasoline from natural gas
A new plant in the Ahal region began testing of a new line Gaz-to-Gazoline production.
The complex is constructed by the joint efforts of the Turkmengas State Concern and a consortium of companies Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan) and Rönesans Endüstri Tesisleri Inşaat Sanaýive Ticaret A.Ş. (Turkey).
A modern gas-chemical plant, equipped with the latest equipment and advanced technologies, will process 1 billion 785 million cubic meters of “blue fuel” annually and produce 600 thousand tons of A-92 gasoline (RON-92) according to the Euro-5 standard, as well as 12 thousand tons of refined diesel fuel and 115 thousand tons of liquefied gas. The total cost of this investment project is about $ 1.7 billion. The Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) participates in its financing.
The complex includes four main technological installations: methanol, gasoline synthesis, as well as to improve the quality of automotive fuel. All processes are automated and subject to centralized management.
A new enterprise in Akhal region is unique in many ways. Here, for the first time, natural gas will be “distilled” into liquid fuel. The GTG - Gas to gas oline project is based on the TIGAS ™ technology developed by the Danish Haldor Topsоe company, which allows, in combination with highly efficient catalysts, to produce high quality gasoline with minimal energy and environmental impact.
A representative of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kay Nomura, presented the head of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the main stages of synthetic liquid hydrocarbons producing. As noted during the conversation, the technology for the production of gasoline from natural gas was successfully tested at an appropriate pilot plant in the laboratory.
The plant has already conducted test of water purification systems, steam production and electricity. These units are successfully operated by engineers of the Turkmengas State Concern. Currently, preparations are underway for test work at the gasoline production facility.
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