GTL Americas is developing a commercial-scale natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
With the abundance of clean, sustainable and affordable natural gas resources in the United States and Canada, North America has enormous potential to realize significant economic and energy security benefits from converting domestic natural gas resources into liquid transportation fuels while reducing dependence on offshore petroleum imports. GTL Americas plans to develop a center for excellence with an eye towards sustainable practices creating a clean burning fuel for the industry.
GTL Americas is developing a multi-billion dollar gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility producing 1.7 million gallons per day to be constructed in Jefferson County, 13 miles north of Pine Bluff.
Using long-proven Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology, the GTL plant will pipe in clean natural gas and convert it into ultra-clean liquid transportation fuels. The plant will produce what is known as High Cetane Synthetic Fuel which is a non-toxic, biodegradable and ultra-clean substitute for diesel with no engine modifications needed, and Naphtha which is a crucial component in the manufacture of petrochemical products.
GTL Americas has secured 1,800 acres of land adjacent to the Pine Bluff Arsenal for our world-class facility. We are invested in creating a path toward energy independence and providing a cleaner economically viable alternative fuel for industry.
This is a world-class project with a construction workforce reaching over 2500 and permanent staff numbering in the range of 225 to 250 employees receiving a competitive salary and full benefits package.
The GTL Americas Pine Bluff plant will be the largest single industrial project ever built in Arkansas. The project is led by Energy Security Partners (the project developer), Hanwha Petrochemicals from Korea, and the Arkansas Teachers Retirement Fund. The project is taking advantage of the unique benefits of a robust natural gas pipeline infrastructure network that can transport gas feedstock to the plant from mid-continent gas producers. Product marketing and distribution of the clean fuels from this plant will be by truck, rail, and marine barge and will have the ability to connect to a product pipeline to supply customers both regionally as well as markets throughout the US and internationally.
GTLA will deploy all resources to achieve a sustainable and secure energy future. This solution involves using proven GTL technology to convert clean natural gas into ultra-clean liquid transportation fuels.
Seven industries- construction, shipping, trucking, agriculture, military, aviation, and mining, will continue to need diesel for daily operations. GTL Americas’ ultra-clean high cetane synthetic fuel will fill this need while reducing emissions by 40% creating an environmentally friendly solution with virtually zero sulfur. Our ultra-clean high cetane synthetic fuel requires no changes needed to the industry’s current infrastructure.
GTL Americas knows that reducing Green House Gas emissions is an environmental and economic imperative. We have therefore committed to achieve operational carbon neutrality (net zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions) for our development, commissioning, and operations through 2030. Our goal is to achieve full life-cycle carbon neutrality (by also offsetting Scope 3 GHG emissions) by 2035, with an aspirational target of doing so by 2030.
A Brief History
Since its earliest days, Jefferson County has had a close relationship with transportation. In the early 1800s, it was the Arkansas River that contributed to its founding. Beginning in the late 1800s, the railroad helped it grow. Then came state and U.S. highways (and much later, an Interstate). An airport was added in the mid-1940s. Then the river’s importance re-emerged in the late 1960s with development of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. All four transportation modes – river, rail, road, and air – remain vitally important to the local economy today.
Other major Jefferson County developments include construction in 1941 of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, a manufacturing complex that is now the only active U.S. Army installation in Arkansas, and the development three decades later of FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, which plays a vital role in protecting the nation’s public health. Community leaders also developed two industrial parks—one in north Pine Bluff and one at Pine Bluff’s port—that have resulted in thousands of manufacturing jobs. In fact, the manufacturing sector now consistently represents nearly one-fifth of county employment.
The 21st Century promises to bring new investments and new employment opportunities to Jefferson County. GTL Americas is proud to provide a major catalyst for growth and economic development with a construction workforce reaching over 2,500 and permanent staff numbering of around 225 employees.