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Coal to Liquid Fuel (CTL) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019

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Global Coal to Liquid Fuel (CTL) Market

Coal and liquid petroleum fuels are among the two most commonly used fuels all over the world. Coal is the major fuel type used around the world to produce electricity, while petroleum fuels are common in automobiles of all kinds. Due to their similar internal structure (both are made up of hydrocarbons), coal can be converted into liquid fuels. This process has gained attention in recent years due to the increasing acknowledgement of the falling levels of petroleum reservoirs. Since petroleum is more valued at present than coal due to its usage in transportation, the coal to liquid fuel process (CTL) is gaining increasing demand.

The report provides detailed data about the various segments of the global coal to liquid fuel market, the major companies operating in it, and the key trends influencing its growth trajectory. The performance of the North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World markets for coal to liquid fuel processes and technologies is examined in the report to provide readers a complete overview of the regional dynamics of the global market. The analysis of major players given in the report will help readers figure out the likeliest contenders they would have to deal with as well as the most promising opportunities for collaboration.

Global Coal to Liquid Fuel (CTL) Market: Drivers and Restraints

The major driver of the global coal to liquid fuel market is the abundant availability of coal, particularly compared to liquid fuels. While the dropping levels of crude oil reservoirs have made headlines recently, coal reserves have still remained productive enough for coal to remain the most widely used fuel type for power generation. Due to this, the idea of converting coal to liquid fuels has picked up speed in recent years.

Synthetic fuels obtained from the conversion of coal are often cleaner than those extracted from natural reservoirs. This has led to coal liquefaction gaining increased support from regulatory authorities all over the world.

The technological advancement of the oil and gas industry has also helped this idea establish a foothold, since the technological knowhow of the conversion process is relatively easily available. However, the high costs of the process have not gone down significantly since it began to be utilized. This leads to the process only being economically feasible when oil prices are high. Currently, with oil prices facing record lows, even multinational giants may find it hard to fund industrial-scale production of liquid fuels from coal. This has emerged as a major restraint on the global coal to liquid fuel market.

Global Coal to Liquid Fuel (CTL) Market: Geographical Overview

Regionally, China, the U.S., India, South Africa, Australia, and Russia are the major markets for coal to liquid fuel technology. The abundant availability of coal reserves in these countries is responsible for the rapid growth of the sector. China and India are expected to be the dominant regional coal to liquid fuel markets in the coming years due to the growing transportation sector in these countries.

Liquid fuels derived from coal also have the potential to be used as cooking fuel. For instance, dimethyl ether is nontoxic and generates less carbon monoxide than the conventionally popular LPG. The rampant urbanization in China and India will also help the coal to liquid fuel market in this respect.

Major players currently operating in the coal to liquid fuel market include Shenhua, Sasol, Linc Energy, DKRW Energy, Bumi plc, and Monash Energy.

Global Coal to Liquid Fuel Market, by Process:

  • Direct Liquefaction
  • Indirect Liquefaction

Major regions analyzed in this research report are:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

This report gives you access to decisive data such as:

  • Market growth drivers
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years

Key highlights of this report

  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segments

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