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Haldor Topsoe wins IChemE award

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Haldor Topsoe has been awarded the 2019 IChemE Global Award in the Oil and Gas category at the event in Hull, UK on 7 November. A delegation from the company accepted the award on behalf of the scientists, engineers, and other Topsoe employees involved in development of the unique TIGASTM technology.

“To us, the Oil and Gas award 2019 is the culmination of decades of complex catalyst development, pilot testing, reactor design, and process engineering. The triumph with TIGAS today has only been possible by sharing competences and experience across our entire company. And the result has been spectacular: The successful design, commissioning and start-up of the world-scale and only natural gas-to-gasoline facility in Turkmenistan. And we are extremely happy to receive this recognition from the renowned IChemE organisation and peers in the industry,” says Kim Knudsen, Executive Vice President of Topsoe’s Sustainables Business Unit.

The Turkmenistan TIGAS plant has a name plate capacity of 15 500 bpd of on-spec RON 92 gasoline. Several other companies around the world have shown interest in the technology.

TIGAS is a viable technology in regions with abundant gas resources where it represents an attractive option to monetise natural gas by producing synthetic gasoline that complies with the highest environmental standards, contains no sulfur and very little unwanted by-products, which can be sold into a local or export market.

Apart from Topsoe, the finalists in the Oil and Gas category were ExxonMobil Chemicals, Fluor, PETRONAS Penapisan, Saudi Aramco (three entries), and University College London.

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