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RAS LAFFAN INDUSTRIAL CITY, Qatar — The compact assembly of towers, tubes and tanks that make up the Oryx natural gas processing plant is almost lost in a vast petrochemical complex that rises here like a hazy mirage from a vast ocean of sand.
But what is occurring at Oryx is a particular kind of alchemy that has tantalized scientists for nearly a century with prospects of transforming the energy landscape. Sasol, a chemical and synthetic fuels company based in South Africa, is converting natural gas to diesel fuel using a variation of a technology developed by German scientists in the 1920s.
This is what will be going up at Rapides Station except it will be gasoline!
i believe sasol will be next to lake charles.
the sundrop near rapides station will be gasoline.
I agree on this being a big, risky bet. The state has given quite a bit away on this as well...if we continue to see downward pressure on oil prices, the economics of this will yield less and less of a margin. I'm all for it, though. Any increased consumption contributes to ending the glut even if this is just a drop in the bucket.