The deep processing of natural gas in Turkmenistan may overwhelm its export over time. Turkmenistan has already achieved serious success in creating advanced production facilities based on gas chemistry. This is evidenced by the presentation of the prestigious international TIGAS Prize “2019 IChemE” to the plant for the production of gasoline from natural gas in the Ahal region of Turkmenistan, commissioned in June 2019.
This award, which was presented in the city of Hull (UK), the plant was awarded for the use of synthetic gasoline technology developed by the Danish company Haldor Tapsoe.
“This award is the culmination of many years of pilot work. As a result, the world’s first gasoline production plant from natural gas was commissioned in Turkmenistan, Kim Knudsen quotes the website of Haldor Tapsoe’s Executive Vice President.
The company’s products are ECO-93 synthetic fuel, environmentally friendly, since it does not contain sulfur and nitrogen-containing organic compounds that are harmful to the environment.
Success in the creation of gas-chemical industries can make serious adjustments to the gas policy of the country, which is in the top four countries in the world in terms of reserves of blue fuel.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline construction project could be the last major project to create an export gas pipeline, which Turkmenistan is implementing. In the future, the Turkmen gas industry may focus on the creation of industrial complexes for deep gas processing and production of high value-added products.
Over the past two years, three such gas-chemical enterprises have been commissioned in the country – for the production of urea, polypropylene and polyethylene, as well as synthetic gasoline from natural gas using Haldor Tapsoe technology. This route requires significant foreign investment and the introduction of advanced technologies, but at the same time, its results for industry are more ambitious than simply exporting pipeline or liquefied gas.
Deep processing of natural gas is more profitable, and then, brings the industry and the economy as a whole to a qualitatively new level of development.
Earlier it was reported that negotiations are underway with foreign partners, mainly from Japan and South Korea, on the implementation of projects to create several more gas chemical complexes in Turkmenistan.
As for the Danish Haldor Tapsoe and its developments, the cooperation of Turkmenistan with this company will continue. As reported at a meeting of the Turkmen government last Friday, the parties are currently preparing a memorandum of understanding between the Turkmengaz State Concern and Haldor Topsoe.