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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   27 September 2013  

'No plan to build Shell gas-to-liquids plant in Brunei'

SHELL does not have concrete plans to establish a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Brunei at the moment as the government still needs to assess the viability of the project, said Royal Dutch Shell's projects and technology director.

Matthias Bicshel told a press conference on the final day of the Shell Malaysia Innovation Summit that the Dutch oil and gas company had always looked at the opportunities of implementing the GTL technologies on a global scale.

GTL technology involves converting natural gas to liquid products used for transport fuel, lubricants and the raw materials for chemicals and detergent.

The technology, which is seen to be environmentally-accepted, was a prominent topic highlighted during the two-day innovation summit.

"With GTL, you always need to understand a number of things. If you have the feed stock, the gas, and what you're going to do with the product and what kind of product you need," he said.

"In its totality, (if) the government together with Brunei Shell (is) thinking about that, I can't comment in detail. But from where we are, there are no concrete plans to have a GTL plant at this stage."

Bicshel also could not divulge any details as to whether there were any other projects in the pipeline for Brunei Shell Petroleum.

"To be completely honest, I don't know much about that. So I do know that they are working on a refurbishment of the LNG (liquified natural gas) plants but I don't know the details."

"This is a project that is done by BLNG (Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd) and there are some Shell people supporting it but it is a BLNG project, so it is not a Shell project that I'm directly involved in."

He said Shell had always supported BLNG and Brunei Shell, which is a partnership between the Brunei government and the oil and gas firm.

"There is a whole suite of the upstream (oil projects) that we are working on, in terms of what other projects they have. There's a number of facilities that are being built. There are ideas in terms of enhancing oil recovery that we are supporting Brunei Shell Petroleum," said Bicshel.

"There are of course efforts being made in deep water. Brunei has made deep water discovery not that long ago and we are again supporting Brunei Shell in finding the right concepts and the right solutions for that deep water discovery. So that gives a little bit of spectrum on what we are working on." The Brunei Times

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