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Methanol Production from Natural Gas

By Intratec Solutions |

This column is based on “Economics of Methanol Production from Natural Gas,” a report published by Intratec Solutions. It can be found at: www.intratec.us/products/methanol-production-processes. Methanol (methyl alcohol) is an important chemical commonly used as a solvent, as a starting material in the production of chemicals and in the fuels sector. In recent years, technologies that have developed using methanol as the main raw material include methanol-to-gasoline (MTG), methanol-to-olefins (MTO) and methanol-to-propylene (MTP) processes. The process The following describes a process for producing methanol from natural gas that employs combined reforming for the generation of synthesis gas (syngas). Figure 1 presents a simplified flow diagram of the process, showing the main equipment. Companies offering combined reforming technologies similar to the one discussed here include: Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions; Toyo Engineering Corp.; KBR Inc.; Johnson Matthey and Haldor Topsoe A/S. Figure 1. This flow diagram shows methanol production from natural gas via combined reforming[/caption] Syngas generation. Natural gas feedstock passes through a desulfurization step and is then fed to a saturator, where process water is…
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