GTL – Gas to liquids

GTL is proving to be a technology advance with great potential for the hydrocarbon industry. Synthesizing high quality products from almost any non-crude oil based hydrocarbons; energy companies are exploring the GTL opportunities. Though the process is not entirely new, it is challenging for plant engineering to scale the plant appropriately and identify the partners who will be part of a winning, profitable team

Handling slurries and waxes

Investing in GTL and processing the plants involves great risks. It’s one that can have great rewards. High temperature, noise, cavitation, and pressure differentials along with the challenges of waxy and slurry media make GTL applications challenging. The difference is overcoming these challenges to boost uptime and keep the process running for extended periods between shutdowns.  

This calls for careful selection of valve type, seat and materials. There needs to be reasonable amount of valve types to meet the variety of all requirements, which again sets challenges to find manufacturers that can provide products with long lasting performance.

Valves at the heart of the GTL process

Metso has developed best-in-class products specifically designed to overcome the challenges of the GTL process from syngas production and air separation through the FT reaction, regardless of the reactor type (fixed, fluidized or slurry bubble).

Our experienced engineers have GTL field and application experience that translates to customer success. We work with customers to select the best mix of products from our comprehensive line of solutions. Special considerations are given to all the relevant details, from valve sizing and selection to seat design and the materials of construction, all of which ensure the valve will not clog and maintain tight seals for long periods. Trim designs are critical to maintaining safe and profitable GTL processing. Our noise reduction technology has been proven to prevent cavitation and reduce noise and vibration considerably.  

Process reliability

Metso’s people and superior product offering help GTL plants to extend periods of uninterrupted uptime while boosting efficiency and ensuring safety. Dedication to technology development at ever demanding process requirements will benefit further the GTL industry to meet the toughest requirements and ensure safe plant operations.

Benefits:

  • Reduce VOC emissions
  • Eliminate cavitation and reduce noise
  • Long lasting reliable valves
  • Extended uptime and profitability

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