High process efficiency is key to the technology’s economic
feasibility. Technology by INFRA reduces the price gap between oil and natural gas to the cost of GTL conversion. It
is at least 50% less expensive than comparable technologies,
which makes the production of synthetic oil not only economically feasible, but also ensures the GTL process is profitable as a rule and cost competitive with oil refining.
Catalysts are essential for the production of clean synthetic
fuels. The productivity of traditional catalysts is limited. The
INFRA.xtl technology process uses a specially designed,
proprietary cobalt-based catalyst, which has a significantly
longer lifetime than industry’s standard by at least a two-fold
Our catalysts use porous pellets of composite material
with divided function loaded with cobalt nanoparticles. The
reaction of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and cracking are
happening simultaneously on surface of the catalyst granules.
The catalyst is less sensitive to higher temperatures and
mass transfer limitations resulting in productivity of Fischer-Tropsch process being significantly increased.
TEXAS GAS-TO-LIQUIDS DEMONSTRATION PLANT
With more than 75 employees, INFRA’s management has
many years of combined full cycle experience within the oil
and gas industry. INFRA’s demonstration GTL plant in Texas
processes 1 million cubic feet of natural gas to produce 100
barrels per day of synthetic oil.
GTL technology of the fourth-generation aims to alter
energy materials and resource systems worldwide by bringing
natural gas and coal resources to the crude oil and transportation fuels market.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dmitry Popov is vice president – commercial for
INFRA Technology. He is responsible for business
development and international projects of the
company. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, specializing in M&A
and private equity fundraising, in particular.
Popov has completed a number of international transactions
in the oil and gas industry. He is a graduate of Moscow State
University and received an MBA from the University of