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Gas-to-Liquid Basestock

October 01, 2012
Jean Van Rensselar
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Gas-to-Liquid Basestock

GTL (gas-to-liquid) is a process that converts natural gas into synthetic oil, which is then processed into hydrocarbon-based products that include fuels and lubricants. The process involves pulling natural gas molecules apart and reconstructing them into longer chain molecules that are similar to petroleum. The process results in a highly purified synthetic crude that is free of contaminants.

ISO paraffin is the lubricant basestock produced by GTL and is an alternative for Group III and IV lubricant basestocks. ISO paraffins have good viscosity properties, oxidative resistance and low-temperature capabilities. Theoretically, GTL could convert a significant portion of the world’s gas reserves into enough fuel to supply global energy needs for the next 25 years.


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