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Three world records and a world’s first for Oryx GTL in Qatar

The ORYX GTL plant is a ‘world first’: the first plant to convert natural gas to liquid fuel using low-temperature Fischer-Tropsch technology.

The facility was designed to produce 34,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of liquids comprising 24,000 bbl/d of low emission, high performance GTL diesel, 9,000 bbl/d high-grade GTL naphtha and 1,000 bbl/d LPG from a lean natural gas feedstock.

The plant utilises Sasol’s Slurry Phase DistillateTM (Sasol SPDTM) technology to process 330 million cubic feet per day of lean natural gas

15 heavy lifts over 200 tonnes including:
  • World’s largest cold box (2 x 550 tonnes each)
  • World’s largest single shaft air compressor (2 x 360 tonnes each)
  • World’s heaviest lift by land crane (2 x 2,100 tonne reactors)


Amec Foster Wheeler executed the feasibility and FEED for this innovative project in conjunction with Sasol and were an integral part of the joint Project Management Team (PMT), which also included Sasol and Qatar Petroleum personnel.

The dedication and enthusiasm of the PMT and the ORYX GTL team, which also includes our people, in leading the EPC contractor safely through this multi-phase completion, with coincident construction, commissioning and operation is an achievement of which all of the team members can be justifiably proud.

“ORYX GTL is a defining moment in the growth in a whole new industry. GTL will grow here in Qatar and, as a result of this ground-breaking venture, also in many other parts of the world. We are at the threshold of providing the world with an attractive alternative to crude-derived transportation fuels.”
Pat Davies, Chief Executive, Sasol
Client:Qatar Petroleum (51%); Sasol (49%)
Scope:Feasibility study, FEED, PMC (project management consultancy)
Date:Inaugurated in 2006