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World largest ATR-based methanol plant has been put into successful operation

January 15/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Recently, Topsoe announced the official opening of the worlds only natural gas-to-gasoline complex in Turkmenistan, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The complex includes the worlds largest methanol plant based on autothermal reforming (ATR), using Topsoes SynCOR Methanol solution, with methanol production capacity of 5225 MTPD.

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.

Over the last two years Topsoe has signed five license agreements of similar capacity based on the SynCOR technology. These projects are in various stages of development.

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 todays world-scale projects because it maximizes 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 tons per day of methanol.

Apart from the obvious 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.

Based on 70 years of experience within synthesis gas, all SynCOR solutions offer more than 99% availability and unsurpassed economy of scale. SynCOR solutions are suitable for large-scale grassroots ammonia, methanol, hydrogen, CO, TIGAS, and gas-to-liquid (GTL) plants, as well as syngas hubs producing multiple products.

We remind that, as MRC wrote previously, the sale of polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from a new gas chemical complex began in the export trades of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan on 3 September, 2018. The new gas chemical complex for production of HDPE and PP with the capacity of 386,000 tonnes/year and 81,000 tonnes/year, respectively, was built by the consortium TOYO Engineering (Japan) and LG and Hyundai (South Korea). The total cost of the project was about USD3.4 billions.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,904,410 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments increased from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,161,830 tonnes in January-November 2019, up by 7% year on year. Deliveries of all grades of propylene polymers increased, with the homopolymer PP segment accounting for the largest increase.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, HDPE, gas processing, petrochemistry, Russia, Turkmenistan.
Category:General News
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