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GTL startup. BP Exploration Alaska says it will produce the first barrels of synthetic oil by May from its new $86-million gas-to-liquids test plant now completed in Nikiski, near Kenai. "Things are getting tight, but we’re still holding within budget," said Steve Fortune, BP’s engineering manager for the project. The plant is 93% complete, and final work is focused on sophisticated instrumentation and electronics. The plant will test a new Fischer-Tropsch, GTL-process technology BP has developed. Construction started last January on the test plant. Twenty operations workers will be needed once the test plant goes into production.
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