Methanol–to–Gasoline Air Liquide Teams up with Exxon Mobil for Methanol to Gasoline

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Exxon joins forces for methanol to gasoline technology with Air Liquide. The French gas process specialists provide their proven Lurgi Mega Methanol technology for a combined use with Exxon's methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology.

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Gas technology specialist Air Liquide teams up with Exxon Mobil for Methanol to Gasoline projects.
Gas technology specialist Air Liquide teams up with Exxon Mobil for Methanol to Gasoline projects.
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Paris/France – Both technologies shall be marketed together under the trademark G2G. The G2G technology shall be used to transform natural gas, as well as other feedstocks, into motor gasoline containing virtually no sulfur and low in benzene content.

The integration of both Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions and Exxon Mobil technologies into one combined solution will minimize project interfaces, off sites and logistics complexities, as well as overall investment for synthetic fuel production. The G2G technology offer will be licensed as an integrated solution and will be deployed globally through Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions’ network.

Methanol to Gasoline Booms in the US

As a leading technology licensor for world-scale methanol units, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions has signed nearly 20 licenses for its Lurgi Mega Methanol technology since the year 2000, with acceleration over the last 18 months, notably in the United States where natural gas prices are advantageous.

Exxon Mobil has the proven technology to produce quality gasoline from methanol as a feedstock. The MTG technology selectively converts methanol to ultra-low sulfur gasoline. Exxon Mobil’s first plant using the methanol-to-gasoline technology operated in New Zealand from 1985 until 1995. A second facility using Exxon’s technology has been in operation in China since 2009, and a third facility is currently under construction, also in China.

Methanol - A Promising Energy Carrier?

Cristiano Tortelli, Vice President and Chairman, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, stated: “Methanol has become a promising energy carrier enabling the market to fully utilize the potential of lower-cost energy sources into low-sulfur transportation fuels. This technology licensing agreement will further enhance Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions’ technology portfolio, in line with Air Liquide Group’s mission to create value over the long term by delivering high-quality solutions to customers.”