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London — South Africa's Sasol and Denmark's Haldor Topsoe announced Monday a collaboration agreement to offer single-point licensing of gas-to-liquids technologies for producing diesel, kerosene and naphtha from natural gas.

The two technology companies have long cooperated on individual projects, including the ORYX GTL plant in Qatarand a GTL plant under construction in Uzbekistan.

Topsoe was also involved in the world's first gas-to-gasoline plant, in Turkmenistan, inaugurated in June, and Sasol has been involved in Chevron's Escravos GTL project in Nigeria.

Gas-to-liquids technology, dating from the early 20th century and initially using coal, is promoted as a solution for countries with large gas resources but limited access to crude oil or liquids fuel, for example parts ofCentral Asia, or, historically, countries facing geopolitical constraints or embargoes. The new agreement also covers the emerging area of hydrogen fuel.

The agreement also involves engineering company TechnicFMC as a provider of engineering support and construction services.

Topsoe and Sasol "have entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly license their GTL technologies. For many years, the two companies have worked together on numerous GTL projects and technologies.

Under the collaboration agreement, the companies will continue to offer these core technologies and will now also provide Topsoe's hydroprocessing and hydrogen technologies. This gives potential customers access to a single-point licensing offering that covers the entire value chain from gas feed to liquid fuels," Haldor Topsoe saidin a statement.

"This is unique and extremely valuable for customers seeking bankable GTL solutions for monetizing abundant natural gas reserves," Topsoe deputy CEO Amy Hebert said.

Sasol acting executive vice president for technology Marius Brand added: "Although Sasol announced in 2017 it would not pursue future equity participation in greenfield coal to liquids or GTL opportunities, we recognize that our Fischer-Tropsch technology has a role to play in monetizing in-country natural gas resources otherwise not accessible. In addition, the technology could play a significant role, in conjunction with renewable energy resources, in the conversion of greenhouse gases to sustainable liquid fuels."

-- Nick Coleman,

-- Edited by Daniel Lalor,