Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell are looking at working together to produce synthetic liquid fuel (SLF, by gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology). Shell, Gazprom and VNIIGAZ are carrying out joint studies on the possibility of developing the GTL business in Russia, Maxim Shub, a spokesman for Shell in Russia, told Interfax. “Talks are at a very early stage and no specific projects are being discussed,” he said. “Gazprom and Shell are holding consultations on working together in the GTL field. It would be premature to talk about any specific agreements,” a source from Gazprom said. A source familiar with Gazprom plans, however, told Interfax there was a joint project between Gazprom and Shell to build an SLF production plant near Nadym.