A Texas project illustrates the benefits of integrated gasification

Jack Philcox Praxair Inc. Houston Gary W. Fenner Praxair Inc. Tonawanda, N.Y. Gasification can be an attractive option for converting a variety of petroleum feedstocks to chemicals. Natural gas is commonly used to produce acetic acid, isocyanates, plastics, and fibers. But low-cost, bottom-of-the-barrel feeds, such as vacuum resid, petroleum coke, and asphaltenes, also can be used. In any case, gasification products include synthesis gas, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, steam, carbon dioxide, and power. The more a gasification facility is integrated with utilities and other non-core operations of a production complex, the more economical the products are for all consum...

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