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ExxonMobil’s MTG technology selected for CTL projects

By Gerald Ondrey |

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (Fairfax, Va.; www.exxonmobil.com/refiningtechnologies) has entered into an agreement with Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (Houston, Tex.; www.synthesisenergy.com) that provides SES the option to execute up to 15 methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology licenses in its global operations. SES has assigned the first license to a project near Benwood, West Virginia. This approximately 7,000 bbl/d unit will be based on commercially proven MTG technology, which incorporates improvements (CE, December 2006, p. 11) since the technology was originally commercialized by ExxonMobil 20 years ago in New Zealand (CE, March 1986, p. 12E). MTG converts crude methanol directly to low-sulfur, low-benzene gasoline, which can be sold directly, or blended with conventional refinery gasoline. The SES projects will gasify coal, convert the synthesis gas to methanol, and then convert the methanol to gasoline via the MTG process.  
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