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Haldor Topsoe opens ATR-based methanol plant

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Recently, Topsoe announced the official opening of the world’s only natural gas-to-gasoline complex in Turkmenistan.

The complex includes the world’s largest methanol plant based on autothermal reforming (ATR), using Topsoe’s SynCOR Methanol™ solution, with methanol production capacity of 5225 tpd.

In the Turkmen gas-to-gasoline complex, the SynCOR Methanol™ solution has been combined with a gasoline synthesis loop to produce synthetic gasoline. This concept is named SynCOR TIGAS™.

Global demand for methanol is increasing. Accordingly, investors and producers plan for larger plants with improved energy efficiency to achieve economy of scale. This has made SynCOR™ the preferred technology for production of synthesis gas in many of today’s world-scale projects because it maximises single-line capacity, while significantly reducing capital as well as operating costs. When combined with a Topsoe methanol synthesis loop, the result is SynCOR Methanol™, the most cost-efficient large-scale methanol technology in industrial operation today. Capacities can be up to 10 000 tpd of methanol.

Apart from the financial benefits of the SynCOR™ technology, it also offers considerable environmental advantages, leaving a smaller CO2 footprint and lower water consumption compared to traditional licensed technologies.

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