1 Oil Company Makes a Big Bet on American Natural Gas

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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  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2013, at 11:36 AM, cityperson wrote:

    I'm also sure the big oil companies are also betting on natural gas, on how long it will take for the politicains to added all the taxes. Just like the politicans and others have taxes added to our vehical fuel. The politicains and others do not like to pass up free money from the public.

  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2013, at 12:01 PM, Lee9292013 wrote:

    If using natural gas the way it has been used to power a natural gas car is more cost efficient and environmentally friendly than having to convert it to liquid, it should not be allowed in a large scale. This is just another attempt for their business to make money while adding unnecessary more cost and burden to the consumers.

    It will encourage car manufacturers to keep selling the combustion engine without having to explore a more efficient approach that will benefit the consumers in the long run.

  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2013, at 2:18 PM, gasblogger wrote:

    Lee has it exactly right. Natural gas is cheap and cleaner. We need to use it as it is or shipped as LNG. See Useful References for the Natural Gas Revolution: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Yf0MWpo91vrlu-mmJtjB1ER...

  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2013, at 9:48 PM, StockGodrules wrote:

    GEIG (otcBB) is a new Fuel Cell company worth a look : (from a PR)

    The GEI fuel cell systems can operate on a number of fuel sources such as natural gas, ethanol, propane and bio fuels. Since GEI's fuel cells can leverage the existing logistic fuel infrastructure makes the Company very unique in the Industry. Fuel sources such as natural gas are cheap and abundant worldwide; this will enable GEI to be very competitive. Since the GEI X5 'brand' fuel cell system is scalable and stackable, it enables the Company to become a market leader in every category of the fuel cell Industry and has the potential to create new categories. GEI can build fuel cells ranging from 2KW - 100KW and since the Company has the ability of stacking the fuel cells like building blocks it can build fuel cell power plants that are multi-megawatts in size. The GEI commercial potential is unlimited and will focus much of their attention on the large scale power utilities worldwide as it has the ability to become both a technology game changer and a market leader.

  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2013, at 10:52 PM, jdmeth123 wrote:

    Lee has it wrong. There hundreds of millions of liquid fueled vehicles in the US. Most of these will still be serviceable ten years from now and twenty years for commercial diesel power equipment. That's not counting the tens of millions that will be sold in the next ten years or the liquid fuel infrastructure that is already in place. Only a Chairman Mao type Great Leap Backwards can change things before the middle of this century.

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