This story is a of recent energy deal regarding a GTL plant with petrochemical production. Operations are scheduled to begin 2018. $14B to convert natural gas to transportation fuels and petrochemicals. With feedstock prices having been mostly stable and low the last few years 9i.e., since 2009), I have read elsewhere that GTL plants are horribly risk sensitive to feedstock price changes. Are supplies really going to be that predictable and stable to commit that kind of capital with that kind of risk? Sasol and the State of Louisiana thinks so, and after that price will gradually increase according to the EIA (http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/er/early_prices.cfm). At present there is also important research and pilot projects for the direct use of NG powering ships, trains, trucking, and other modes of transportation. Which is the right approach, or do each have their own individual benefits/advantages? Watching and learning.