(350d) Valorization of Natural Gas Liquids from Shale Gas
In this process, natural gas liquid is transformed to higher molecular weight hydrocarbon. Compared with the existing technologies, our new approach has the following advantages: (1) This process minimizes the production of by-products. (2) This process is amenable to size reduction.
We demonstrate that, through a case study for a 96 MMSCFD shale gas feed from the Bakken region, the total capital cost for the proposed process is much cheaper than existing Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) processes such as Fischer-Tropsch and Methanol-to-Gasoline process. Also, we estimate the break-even price for our process to be lower than GTL-Fischer-Tropsch process. Therefore, this new process is an economically attractive step to upgrade shale gas in remote shale basins.