SkipsMaritiem first with GTL fuel for boaters
SNEEK _ SkipsMaritiem, a 5-marina cooperative with 2,500 berths, is first in the Netherlands to sell clean GTL fuel for boaters through its Skipswinkel sale point here. Gas-to-Liquid fuel results from converting natural gas into gasoline or diesel fuel. It contains no sulphur and is cheaper and easier to make than oil-based fuels.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc. has developed the GTL technology on a large scale at a Qatar plant. GTL fuel is kinder to boat engines than the usual stuff. It’s less vulnerable to bacteria formation and does not char an engine’s moving parts as much resulting in less maintenance and fixing.
GTL is a key factor in reducing western nations’ dependence on oil from unstable regions. For one thing, natural gas that’s now flared off can be put to better use. The World Bank estimates oil platforms and other installations now burn off $30.6 billion in gas a year, equal to 30% of the EU’s annual gas consumption. Industry data show GTL can cut gas production costs in half.
It may be new to boaters, the GTL technology has been around for many years. Nazi Germany used the technology. In recent years, GTL fuel has been mixed in with kerosene to fire the engines of commercial planes.