Uzbekistan to Produce Liquid Fuels from Natural Gas, Reduce Import Dependency

Uzbekistan launched its first gas-to-liquids plant worth $3.6 billion to produce synthetic liquid fuels from domestic gas and reduce its import dependency on oil products. The UzGTL facility will produce 1.5 million tonnes of synthetic liquid fuels a year including kerosene, diesel, LPG and naphtha from natural gas.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said during the launch ceremony that the plant would refine $500 million worth of gas into $1.5 billion worth of products starting from Q1 2022. By the end of next year, the plant is expected to reach full capacity.

The authorities also launched a project to triple output from the Shurtan gas field, from where the UzGTL facility will consume 3.6 billion cubic metres of gas per year.

South Africa’s Sasol, which helped build Qatar’s first gas-to-liquids plant, alongside U.S. fossil fuel giant Chevron will be involved in the project.

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