gas to liquid

Synonyms

GTL, gas to liquid industry

Definition

GTL refers to a process featuring reaction of methane with oxygen or steam to produce syngas (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide) followed by synthesis of liquid products such as diesel and naphtha) (IEA, 2012) from the syngas using Fischer-Tropsch catalytic synthesis. The process is similar to those used in coal-to-liquids or biomass-to-liquids. (IEA, 2012)