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Achieved the goal of JAPAN-GTL Demonstration Test Project before ending it
- Established JAPAN-GTL process applicable to commercial projects -

January 27, 2012

 Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC, President: Hirobumi Kawano) and the Nippon GTL Technology Research Association (Board Chairperson: Ikutoshi Matsumura; hereafter "Nippon GTL Association") successfully achieved the goal of establishing JAPAN-GTL process (*) by 11,000 hours of demonstration operations since April 2009, before ending the JAPAN-GTL Demonstration Test Project in Niigata with the capacity of 500 barrels per day (80 kilo-litter). 
 JAPAN-GTL process is a groundbreaking technology that would for the first time ever allow for natural gas containing carbon dioxide to be used directly. It is able to convert not only natural gas, but shale gas, coal bed methane (CBM) and so on as a raw material into petroleum products, and is an extremely effective means to gain alternative fuel sources to petroleum and achieve the diversification of primary energy supplies. The fuels produced by GTL technology  is also expected to be environmentally-friendly clean fuels.
 JOGMEC has been conducted preliminary feasibility studies to apply JAPAN-GTL process to gas assets of national oil corporations and international companies. JOGMEC will continue to achieve a stable energy supply for Japan and harmony with the global environment.
 
 (*) A proper process of Gas-To-Liquids (refer to as "GTL") technologies developed by JOGMEC and Nippon GTLAssociation. 

1. Nippon GTL Technology Research Association: outline

Establishment 25 Oct 2006
Partners INPEX Corporation
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd
Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd
Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd
Chiyoda Corporation
Place 1-1-1, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 1050004, JAPAN

2. JAPAN-GTL: outline

 GTL is short for Gas-To-Liquids. The technology allows for production of petroleum products such as naphtha, kerosene, and diesel oils from natural gas through chemical reactions. 
 JAPAN-GTL is different from the overseas technologies advanced by Sasol in South Africa and Shell and it features in utilizing carbon dioxide gas as raw material, so that it is a groundbreaking technology that would for the first time ever allow for natural gas containing carbon dioxide to be used directly. This technology focusing on the FT synthetic process can also be applied to produce clean fuels from coal as well as natural gas, shale gas and coal seam gas.
 
 Production flow of Japan-GTL process
Japan-GTL process

3. Niigata GTL demonstration plant: outline

  1. Location: 2881-45 Tarodai, Kita-ku, Niigata City Research Center, Nippon GTL Technology Research Association
  2. Plant capacity: Production of 500 barrels (about 80 kiloliters) per day
  3. Main process facilities: Syngas Producing Section
                     FT (Fischer-Tropsch) synthesis Section
                     Upgrading (hydrocracking) Section
  4. Operation Period: FY2009-2011
  5. Photo of plant
plant

4. Operation result:outline

  1. Start of operation: 16 April, 2009
  2. Total accumulated operation: 11,000hours
  3. Continuous operation: 3,300 hours
  4. Total Accumulated Non Accidence: 200,000 man-hours in operation and 1,030,000 man-hours in construction
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