Topsoe and Sasol Expand G2L Partnership

21.09.2021 - Haldor Topsoe and Sasol have expanded their gas-to-liquids (G2L) collaboration to jointly license and develop their technologies for sustainable liquid fuels and chemicals production through Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology. The companies originally entered into a partnership to jointly license their GTL technologies in December 2019, but have worked together for more than 20 years.

“Our partnership and Sasol’s undisputed leadership in FT technology, position us well to grow a low carbon products business globally, harnessing renewable resources to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals,” said Marius Brand, executive vice president for Sasol 2.0 transformation.

Topsoe and Sasol are now offering integrated end-to-end solutions to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals, specifically Power-to-Fuels or e-Fuels, using sustainable carbon sources or CO2, green hydrogen and renewable energy. As single-point licensor, they will provide all the necessary technology licenses, including basic engineering, catalyst, hardware and specialized technical support.

The partners are also developing new technologies, for example Topsøe with its electrified reforming platform (e-Reforming and e-Reverse Water Gas Shift) and solid oxide electrolysis, and Sasol’s next-generation FT catalyst to further maximize yields and enhance carbon and hydrogen conversion efficiency, ultimately helping to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.

Topsoe’s SynCOR technologies and Sasol’s FT technologies have been licensed into several world-scale GTL ventures, most recently Uzbekistan GTL, which is in the final stages of construction and reportedly due to go onstream in late 2021.

TechnipFMC has been pre-approved to provide licensor engineering support and carry out front-end engineering design, detailed design, procurement, and construction. The contractor has performed a number of front-end engineering designs for GTL facilities, including the Uzbekistan project.

Author: Elaine Burridge, Freelance Journalist