Foster Wheeler Awarded Escravos GTL Project

Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced that its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and Nigeria have been awarded a $20 million, front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract, by Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL) for a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project. Chevron Nigeria Ltd is a joint venture of Chevron and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

Foster Wheeler will be responsible for the FEED and the preparation of the invitation to tender for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The scope of work also includes the issue of inquiry for long-lead equipment items, preparation of project estimates and assistance for early works activities.

The GTL plant is a major natural gas initiative by project asset owners CNL and will be built in Escravos, Nigeria. It provides significant environmental benefits by eliminating the flaring of natural gas and instead converting it to produce ultraclean GTL fuel.

The plant will produce 34,000 bpd of premium quality GTL fuel (synthetic fuel suitable for diesel engines) and naphtha products.

The plant is the first of its kind to utilize the Sasol Slurry Phase Distillate process, a new technology for a gas-to-liquids plant. The technology optimally integrates three state-of-the-art GTL technologies from Haldor Topsoe, Sasol and Chevron to produce GTL fuel and chemical naphtha for export. This process is a commercially proven proprietary Sasol technology for converting natural gas into liquid hydrocarbon in three steps.

Ian Bill, chairman and chief executive, Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, said, "This project will use the leading application of GTL technology. It has global significance because the eradication of gas flaring will produce significant benefits for the environment and local community."