Qatar’s ORYX GTL has supplied HGM Energy with ‘clean’ GTL diesel, thus helping it become the first German energy company to introduce this product directly into the German market. Demand for high quality ‘clean burning diesel’, with high cetane, almost no sulphur and limited emissions is driven by public opinion, new legislation and fuel efficiency requirements.
ORYX GTL diesel’s unique nature, resulting from its feedstock, (natural gas), and production process, (FT technology), makes it an ideal diesel grade to fulfil these objectives. ORYX GTL is a joint venture, formed between Qatar Petroleum and Sasol (South Africa) with its production facilities based in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The two companies decided to capitalise on their resources; large gas reserve as well as developed infrastructure and experience in the Fischer–Tropsch technology.
ORYX GTL was established in 2000, followed by construction from 2003. The first cargoes were shipped in 2007. ORYX GTL is the first GTL producer to commercialise its products (GTL diesel, GTL naphtha and LPG) to the global market. HGM Energy is an independent fuel distributor established over 40 years ago in the port of Bremen with its own terminal and distributions infrastructure.
HGM is a shining example of the ‘German Mittelstand’ companies or unique structure of Germany’s strong sector of small and medium-sized companies, promoted during the Qatar-Germany forum held in Berlin last month. ORYX GTL diesel can be used as a direct replacement for conventional diesel fuels (so called neat applications), without the need for engine modifications and immediately delivers benefits through lowering emissions.
It can also be used as a blend in a premium diesel for different forms on passengers’ cars, bus fleets, marine, and other applications. ORYX GTL said it is “proud to support HGM Energy in demonstrating the benefits of GTL Diesel with their customers and partners and looks forward to further developing GTL diesel in Germany and Europe.”
Sources and photo-credits: Reuters, Gulf Times