Danish company awarded for technology used at GTG plant in Turkmenistan

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov received the head of Danish company Haldor Topsoe, Mr Bjorn Stephan Clausen, in Ashgabat, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported on December 23. Mr Clausen emphasized unique features of the modern industrial facility in Turkmenistan’s Ahal province, the first plant in the world which produces eco-friendly synthetic motor fuel from natural gas, and expressed gratitude to the Turkmen leader for the opportunity to take part in this major investment project.

Mr. Clausen handed over international certificates proving an innovative character of production at this plant to President Berdymukhammedov.

In its certificate, the Energy Industry Federation of the Kingdom of Denmark has noted high level of ecological standards, which were implemented at the facility, which provide minimum carbon dioxide emission, absence of sulphur and harmful metals as well as strict compliance with the requirements for content of aromatic and olefin hydrocarbons in the product, while the Institution of Chemical Engineers of Great Britain (IChemE) distinguished Haldor Topsoe for the improvement of TIGAS technology (production of synthetic gasoline from natural gas).

The certificate of IChemE was awarded to Haldor Topsoe as the winner of the world-wide nomination Oil and Gas 2019.

The TIGAS technology was developed by Haldor Topsoe for the plant for production of gasoline from natural gas in Turkmenistan, which allows producing high-quality gasoline in combination with highly efficient catalysts with less energy consumption and minimum environmental impact.

The Turkmen president emphasized that in the last several years, the strategy of economic development of the country is aimed at diversification of the oil and gas sector, expansion of its infrastructure by establishment of modern production facilities. In this aspect, processing of natural gas and production of new eco-friendly products are the priorities, the president added.

The gas-to-gasoline (GTG) plant in Ahal province, which entered the Guinness Book of Records as the First Plant in the World for Production of Gasoline from Natural Gas, has been provided with latest technologies and equipment of the world famous producers from USA, Great Britain, France, Holland, Sweden, Japan, Korea, and India.

The plant is to process 1.785 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year and to produce 600,000 tons of ECO 93 gasoline which complies with EURO 5 standard, as well as 12,000 tons of diesel fuel and 115,000 tons of liquefied gas.

The plant was opened on June 28, 2019.

It was built by joint efforts of the Turkmen State Concern Turkmengaz and consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan) and Rönesans Endüstri Tesisleri Inşaat Sanaýi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Turkey).

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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