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Haldor Topsoe and Sasol unite to offer single-point licenses for proven gas-to-liquids solutions

Two of the world's leading gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology providers, South Africa's integrated chemicals and energy major Sasol Ltd and Denmark's Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries, have officially entered into a collaboration agreement to offer single-point licensing of proven and bankable GTL solutions to produce diesel, kerosene, and naphtha from natural gas.

Effective December 2, 2019, Sasol and Haldor Topsoe have entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly license their GTL technologies. Acting Executive Vice President of Sasol, Marius Brand, (left) and CEO and President of Topsoe, Bjerne S. Clausen, signed the partner agreement witnessed by (from left to right) Vice President of Sasol, Theo Pretorius, Deputy CEO of Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, and Vice President of Topsoe, Fei Chen (photo courtesy Haldor Topsoe).

According to a statement, the Sasol-Topsoe partnership is a response to the growing worldwide demand for efficient solutions to monetize natural gas reserves. Together, the two companies offer medium to world-scale sized GTL solutions that are positioned to meet the demands of a sustainable future.

As of December 2, 2019, the companies have entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly license their GTL technologies. For many years, the two companies have worked together on numerous GTL projects and technologies, and Topsoe’s “SynCOR” technologies and Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technologies have been licensed into several world-scale GTL ventures.

Single-point licensing for complete GTL solutions

Under the collaboration agreement, the companies will continue to offer these core technologies and will now also provide Topsoe’s hydroprocessing and hydrogen technologies. This gives potential customers access to a single-point licensing offering that covers the entire value chain from gas feed to liquid fuels.

As single-point licensors, Sasol and Topsoe will offer customers all necessary technology licenses for a complete GTL solution and in addition provide basic engineering, catalysts, and hardware.

It is a pleasure to announce this collaboration. Together, Sasol and Topsoe now offer customers complete and proven end-to-end GTL solutions. This is unique and extremely valuable for customers seeking bankable GTL solutions for monetizing abundant natural gas reserves. With this collaboration, we now offer customers a full range of solutions based on many of Topsoe’s core technologies, and we are excited to expand our companies’ global leadership for proven gas monetization solutions, said Amy Hebert, Deputy CEO of Topsoe.

In addition, TechnipFMC has been pre-approved to provide licensor engineering support and carry out front-end engineering design, detailed design, procurement, and construction. TechnipFMC was the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the Oryx GTL facility in Qatar and has performed a number of front-end engineering designs for GTL facilities, including the Uzbekistan GTL.

Sasol and Haldor Topsoe’s technology relationship spans more than 20 years, through which we have successfully commercialized several advanced technologies. We are delighted to enter into this collaboration arrangement, and with the support of TechnipFMC, we’re able to offer the best GTL technology to the market. Although Sasol announced in 2017 it would not pursue future equity participation in greenfield Coal to Liquids or GTL opportunities, we recognize that our Fischer-Tropsch technology has a role to play in monetizing in-country natural gas resources otherwise not accessible. In addition, the technology could play a significant role, in conjunction with renewable energy resources, in the conversion of greenhouse gases to sustainable liquid fuels. The combination of Sasol and Topsoe technologies offers a proven and robust solution for these applications, said Marius Brand, Acting EVP Technology of Sasol.

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