Gas-to-liquids projects are back on the agenda for Middle East downstream policymakers. Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia have all announced GTL initiatives, with newly-available processes making the technology more attractive.

Recent technical advances suggest that at least some of the region’s planned new gas-to-liquids (GTL) developments might not be based around the technically complex and capital intensive Fischer-Tropsch process, as deployed in Qatar’s groundbreaking Oryx GTL and Pearl GTL projects. (CONTINUED - 820 WORDS)