The Oryx gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant
in Qatar started exporting its output about a month ago but the Energy Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah says the tiny Persian Gulf state has no intention of using the fuel locally. The GTL fuel needs to be blended with other fuels to make it usable and the local market isn't large enough to justify doing this. The cost of GTL is also much higher than other fuels so they see no need to keep it in the country.
The $1 billion plant is a joint venture with South Africa's Sasol and is the first commercial GTL facility outside of South Africa. The plant has a capacity of 24,000 barrels per day of diesel
, 9,000 of naptha and 1,000 barrels of LPG.
[Source: Gulf Times]