Mon, Mar 19, 2007
Natural Gas-Derived Fuel May Power Airliners
Bahrain's Gulf Daily News reports
Qatar Airways plans to fuel its aircraft with natural gas.
The company's chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said the
state-owned airline is talking to oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and
engine manufacturers about using a form of diesel made from natural
gas, known as GTL, or Gas-to-Liquids fuel, in its planes.
"We are talking to Shell and as soon as the engine manufacturers
have certified their engines to be used with GTL, Qatar Airways
will be the first airline to fuel its airplanes with GTL," Al Baker
stated. "I was told they would get certification by the end of the
Qatar has the world's third-largest gas reserves, and is keen to
develop the use of GTL. ExxonMobil decided last month to abandon a
multi-billion dollar GTL project in Qatar because of rising
Qatar Petroleum and South Africa's Sasol are set to launch
production of GTL at their plant in Qatar, with first sales
expected later this month.
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