Synthetic diesel is made by reconfiguring another hydrocarbon fuel, such as natural gas, into liquid diesel fuel. Synthesizing diesel fuel from natural gas is possible through gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology and such synthetic fuels are often called GTL diesel or FTD (Fischer-Tropsch diesel) from the Fischer-Tropsch chemical conversion process.
- Cleaner-burning than crude-oil-based diesel fuels
- Reduced NOx and SOx emission levels
- Easy handling, transportation, and storage with current systems
- Price level
- Availability as large-scale bunker fuel