President of Turkmenistan receives certificates of the world’s first gas-to-gasoline plant

President of Turkmenistan receives certificates of the world’s first gas-to-gasoline plant

As ORIENT informed, the natural gas-to-gasoline plant, which opened in the Akhal region of Turkmenistan in June 2019, was awarded the prestigious 2019 IChemE Oil and Gas Global Award from the Academy of Chemical Engineers of Great Britain for advancing the TIGAS technology (technology of production of synthetic gasoline from natural gas).

In addition, the project for the construction of this plant – the world’s only plant for the production of environmentally friendly synthetic gasoline from natural gas – was awarded from the Danish Energy Industry Federation for its “green” performance characteristics: minimum of carbon dioxide emissions, the absence of sulfur, harmful metals and it meets the strict requirements for the content of aromatic and olefinic hydrocarbons in the end product.

Today, Bjerne Stefan Clausen, CEO of Haldor Topsoe, Denmark, awarded these certificates personally to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Clausen arrived in Ashgabat today early morning, and later ORIENT was informed on the purpose of the visit, from the Turkmen government source, and has learned that the certificates were handed over to the head of state during an audience at the President Palace.

The plant commissioned in Turkmenistan was the first facility to commercialize Haldor Topsoe TIGAS technology introduced into industrial production, which was a real breakthrough for the global fuel industry. While the whole world is talking about environmental disaster and climate change, organizing crowded demonstrations and representative conferences – a real step forward the future has been taken in Akhal region, near Ashgabat.

This important step was the development of the production of gasoline from natural gas that is, having exceptional environmental characteristics of fuel, which would be in demand for many decades by humankind that is going to completely reject from hydrocarbons. The necessity for such a refusal is declared at many levels, but what does it mean today? In fact – a  “rollback” in global progress, since global energy is tied to these hydrocarbons.

Being the fourth largest in the world in terms of natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan has taken the strategy to a “green” economy. How to make fossil fuels “green”? To introduce innovative technologies to its processing. With such a vision, Berdimuhamedov has set a goal to completely modernize the country’s fuel and energy sector and to re-orientate the economy from exports of raw materials to end-products, which are characterized by high added value.

The main “order criteria” for these products was the requirements for its environment standards. In this field, President of Turkmenistan aimed the oil and gas industry to science as a source of advanced development. The pragmatic view of the Turkmen leader on the future of the country’s energy sector is that science, which determines tomorrow’s engineering, and production, entirely based on the processing of domestic resources, should together to tackle the challenges of the global market. That is, to ensure both compliance with changing criteria of demand, and substantial income.

It is absolutely adequate and most important – practical – approach to solve national problems against the backdrop of such global agenda as adaptation to climate change, environmental risks and threats, energy security and, finally, the fourth industrial revolution, that is, the total transition of the industry to cyber systems.

Digitization has also been used as the main philosophy of development in the gasoline plant project in Akhal, which was built by the Japanese Kawasaki. The gas-to-gasoline technology, developed by Haldor Topsoe, involves high-tech production with automatic control, and it to be a fully robotic process in the future.

In general, every year, the gas chemical complex will produce 600 thousand tons of ECO-93 synthetic gasoline that meets the EURO-5 standard, as well as 115 thousand tons of liquefied gas and 12 thousand tons of desulfurized (sulfur-free) diesel fuel. The refining capacities will be 1.785 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

In addition, the plant was awarded with the certificate “The world’s first plant for the production of gasoline from natural gas”, and was included into the “Guinness World Records”, with the “Environmentally friendly” certificate from the US Environmental Protection Fund, as well as with the “Innovative Technologies” certificate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The implementation of this unprecedented project has become, on the one hand, an important milestone in the development of the national economy, and, on the other, a real investment in the infrastructure of the Eurasian region.

Eco-friendly gasoline ECO-93 has already in a strong demand in the domestic and foreign markets. As of today, the Turkmen plant produced over 74.5 thousand tons, of which 48.8 thousand tons were exported to European countries.

Still, the facility is at the initial stage to meet the project capacity. And there are more plans – about its second stage …

By the end of December 2019, a preliminary report on the engineering analysis of the project construction of a new gasoline-gas plant will be submitted to the Turkmengaz State Concern. Japanese business is showing great interest in this project, including major financial institutions such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Investment Insurance Agency (NEXI).

Gulya ROZIYEVA