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GTC, Total to partner on natural gas conversion process

Published 14 February 2018

GTC Technology has entered into a cooperative agreement with French oil and gas major Total to develop an innovative natural gas conversion process.

The process will use less energy to manufacture the raw material used in the making of plastics and use less raw material overall, thus saving capital costs and being more environmentally friendly.

The partnership’s objective under this R&D program is to convert natural gas (i.e. methane) to molecules with a high-added value such as olefins (ethylene and propylene) and aromatics (benzene and xylenes), which are the components of plastics (polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, PET and others).

This technology could be implemented in the medium term at Total's petrochemical sites, where natural gas is less costly and more readily available.

GTC Technology, based in Houston, Texas, is a global licensor of aromatics and polyester intermediates technologies, offering many novel and cutting-edge processes. These include GT-BTX PluS, GT-TolAlk, CrystPX and others.

Source: Company Press Release