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Download Analysis of Natural Gas-to-Liquid Transportation Fuels via Fischer-Tropsch
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Date: 9/1/2013
Type: Report
Status: Active
NETL Contact: Erik Shuster
Technology Focus Area(s): Gasification Systems
Analysis Focus Area(s): GHG Mitigation
Author(s): Erik Shuster (NETL); Jesse Goellner (Booz Allen Hamilton)

Product Description
This study models a gas-to-liquids (GTL) system that nominally produces 50,000 bbl/day of fuels fungible in the refined product infrastructure without further refining steps. Specifically, the system produces 15,500 bbl/day of finished motor gasoline, and 34,500 bbl/day of low-density diesel fuel. The study provides an updated evaluation of cost, technical, and environmental performance. With an estimated total as-spent capital cost of 4.3 billion dollars (3.7 &spamp;ndash; 5.6 billion dollars) or $86,188 ($73,260 - $112,045) per bbl of daily production of Fischer-Tropsch liquids, such a facility would be commercially viable should the market conditions (liquid fuel and natural gas prices) remain as favorable or better throughout the life of the project than during the middle of May 2013. The life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for GTL diesel and gasoline when based on current practices in the natural gas industry are 90.6 g CO2e/MJ and 89.4 g CO