Whenever you hear that a major oil company like Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) is spending big on American natural gas, you probably assume that it means the company will be drilling for gas. That isn't the case here. Instead, Shell is looking at building a natural gas processing facility that would turn natural gas into synthetic gasoline and diesel. While some other countries have facilities like this up and running, this would be the first attempt at a gas-to-liquids facility on a commercial scale in the United States.

Will this facility be profitable in the States? Will it help turn Shell around after recent disappointing results? Tune in to the following video, where fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe answers these questions and looks at one big winner from these natural gas developments.

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