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Haldor Topsoe and Sasol partner to jointly license GTL technology

Haldor Topsoe and Sasol partner to jointly license GTL technology
Acting Executive Vice President of Sasol, Marius Brand, (left) and CEO and President of Topsoe, Bjerne S. Clausen, signed the partner agreement witnessed by (from left to right) Vice President of Sasol, Theo Pretorius, Deputy CEO of Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, and Vice President of Topsoe, Fei Chen. Photo courtesy of Haldor Topsoe

Sasol and Haldor Topsoe, two of the global leaders in gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, have entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly license their GTL technologies to produce diesel fuel, kerosene and naphtha from natural gas.

The Sasol-Topsoe partnership is a response to growing worldwide demand for efficient solutions to monetize natural gas reserves. Together, the two companies will offer medium to world-scale sized GTL solutions.

For many years, the two companies have worked together on numerous GTL projects and technologies, and Topsoe’s SynCOR™ technologies and Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch technologies have been licensed into several world-scale GTL ventures.

Under the collaboration agreement, the companies will continue to offer these core technologies and will now also provide Topsoe’s hydroprocessing and hydrogen technologies. This gives potential customers access to a single-point licensing offering that covers the entire value chain from gas feed to liquid fuels. As single-point licensors, Sasol and Topsoe will offer customers all necessary technology licenses for a complete GTL solution and in addition provide basic engineering, catalysts, and hardware.

TechnipFMC has been pre-approved to provide licensor engineering support and carry out front-end engineering design, detailed design, procurement, and construction. TechnipFMC was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Oryx GTL facility in Qatar and has performed a number of front-end engineering designs for GTL facilities, including in Uzbekistan.

“It is a pleasure to announce this collaboration. Together, Sasol and Topsoe now offer customers complete and proven end-to-end GTL solutions. This is unique and extremely valuable for customers seeking bankable GTL solutions for monetizing abundant natural gas reserves. With this collaboration, we now offer customers a full range of solutions based on many of Topsoe’s core technologies, and we are excited to expand our companies’ global leadership for proven gas monetization solutions,” says Amy Hebert, deputy CEO of Topsoe.

“Sasol and Haldor Topsoe’s technology relationship spans more than 20 years, through which we have successfully commercialized several advanced technologies. We are delighted to enter into this collaboration arrangement, and with the support of TechnipFMC we’re able to offer the best GTL technology to the market,” said Marius Brand, acting EVP Technology for Sasol.

Although Sasol announced in 2017 it would not pursue future equity participation in greenfield coal-to-liquids (CTL) or GTL opportunities, Brand said that “we recognize that our Fischer-Tropsch technology has a role to play in monetizing in-country natural gas resources otherwise not accessible.”