PETCOKE & METHANOL—1: Flow scheme envisions producing methanol for gasoline blending

David NetzerConsulting Chemical EngineerHoustonChris WallsgroveBrinderson Engineers & ConstructorsCosta Mesa, Calif.The bitumen upgraders in the Fort McMurray area of Alberta and the refineries in the Edmonton area are large producers of petroleum coke (petcoke), which, historically, has had essentially zero market value in Alberta.Petcoke, however, can be converted to methanol, which can be used as a gasoline blending component or marketed as chemical-grade material. The conventional method of producing methanol, outside of China, is by steam reforming of natural gas.This two-part series analyzes the economics of producing 50,000 b/d of methanol for gasoline blending from petcoke and...

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