Skip to comments.First cargo of Pearl Gas-To-Liquids products ship from Qatar ("Peak Oil" is economic nonsense news)
Posted on 06/15/2011 7:01:26 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
HOUSTON, June 14 -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Qatar Petroleum reported the Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatars Ras Laffan Industrial City sold its first commercial shipment of GTL gas oil.
The sale marked the start of production of GTL products from the plant. In coming months, production is to ramp up from the Pearl GTL projects first train, and the second train is expected to start up before yearend. The plant is expected to reach full production capacity by mid-2012. It is the largest energy project ever launched in the Qatar, officials said.
Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada said the project will enhance diversification of North field gas utilization and will optimize Qatar's competitive position in world markets.
When fully operational, Pearl GTL is expected to produce 1.6 bcfd from North field, which will be processed to deliver an expected 120,000 b/d of condensate, LPG, and ethane, plus an expected 140,000 b/d GTL products using Shell's technological and project management capabilities....
Lastly, we are almost literally awash in hydrocarbons that can be converted into usable fuels. So stop worrying!
If this is the case then the powers that be are scamming us.
The question is why?
“Lastly, we are almost literally awash in hydrocarbons that can be converted into usable fuels. So stop worrying!”
I hear you. I shake my head at times when going through the checklist of “problems” we have. Every one is entirely the result of, or greatly exacerbated by, fatuous, wrong, perverse leftwing or globalist policy. Our injuries and limitations are for the most part self inflicted.
Either we wise up or crash and burn. Either way, the clever people who brought us to this pass will be thin on the ground.
For many there has never been any doubt about what you say. The problem is a government determined to destroy this country as a prosperous, independent and free nation in order to usher in World Government run by Marxists. The non-use of our resources is planned, not overlooked. Clinton put much of our clean burning coal off limits, the Democrat Congress keeps ANWR off limits, Obama is for all practical purposes eliminating off shore drilling, the environmentalists demand such stringent rules as to increase the cost and scarcity of it all. That is the problem, not availability.
Also, I am happy for this new plant but we have had liquified natural gas for a long time. Back in the ‘70’s they were building gigantic tankers just for the shipment of LNG.
And if we run low on conventional hydrocarbons, and after we use up all our hydrocarbon-rich sewage sludge, there are methane hydrates to mine.
Gas (Methane) Hydrates — A New Frontier
Methane trapped in marine sediments as a hydrate represents such an immense carbon reservoir that it must be considered a dominant factor in estimating unconventional energy resources; the role of methane as a ‘greenhouse’ gas also must be carefully assessed.
Dr. William Dillon,
U.S. Geological Survey
Gas hydrates occur abundantly in nature, both in Arctic regions and in marine sediments. Gas hydrate is a crystalline solid consisting of gas molecules, usually methane, each surrounded by a cage of water molecules. It looks very much like water ice. Methane hydrate is stable in ocean floor sediments at water depths greater than 300 meters, and where it occurs, it is known to cement loose sediments in a surface layer several hundred meters thick.
The worldwide amounts of carbon bound in gas hydrates is conservatively estimated to total twice the amount of carbon to be found in all known fossil fuels on Earth.
There’s another process possible, using thorium left over in coal fly sh to run reactors that provide heat to turn coal to syn fuel. Many choices coming.
What scam are you talking about?
“The question is why?”
Dominance. It is probably as simple as that - the orgasmic ecstasy of holding power over others, for the maimed personalities who think that way.
Think about what you see in the typical politician, or NGO apparat. Power lust, pure and simple.
Well somebody had better hurry up and start producing because I'm tired of paying $3.40+ a gallon for gas.
Always remember that the Democrat’s/liberal’s biggest fear is that there are/will be too many people on this planet. Starvation is an acceptable form of euthenasia for them, as long as it’s people they don’t have to see.
The problem is not available supply or the necessary chemistry. It is the drive to totalitarian power that Peak Oil and AGW have lent such impetus to. The scientists, engineers and capitalists can keep this world humming but the politicians and leeches-with-power can and probably will abort it all.
The Left, the idealists among them anyway, has a very feudal and royalist view of proper relationships of ruler to ruled. They are the ones who dream about Camelot and conservatives can get dreamy about Camelot, too, because they don’t understand the type of economy and society it is that sustains a Camelot. There is not room in it for anything between bare subsistence masses and opulent rulers.
Very soon there won’t be any leftover coal fly ash. The kenyan is aggressively shutting that industry down even now.
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