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Clariant’s Methanol Catalyst Delivers High Performance for China Unit

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Clariant’s next-generation methanol synthesis catalyst, Mega Max 800, is delivering exceptional performance.
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Clariant’s next-generation methanol synthesis catalyst, Mega Max 800, is delivering exceptional performance. (Source: Clariant)

In August 2018, Clariant’s Mega Max 800 methanol synthesis catalyst was installed at the coal-to-liquid plant of CHN Energy Ningxia Coal Industry Co in China. Now, the 1-million-tonne per year methanol production plant has been able to produce higher yields at lower energy and feedstock costs.

Munich/Germany – Clariant’s next-generation methanol synthesis catalyst is delivering exceptional performance at the coal-to-liquid plant of China Energy Corporation (CHN Energy) Ningxia Coal Industry Co (NCIC), located in Yinchuan, Ningxia Province, China. Installed at the plant in August 2018, Mega Max 800 achieved an anticipated operation load of 102 per cent after just two months. The new catalyst’s fast and favourable start is due to its 40 per cent higher productivity compared to previous generations.

Following its successful startup, Mega Max 800’s superior performance has benefitted NCIC in several ways. The 1-million-tonne per year methanol production plant is experiencing considerably higher yield at lower energy and feedstock costs. In addition, make-up gas consumption has dropped by 51 million cubic meters per year. These combined process improvements will have a dramatic effect on the producer’s cost savings, which are now expected to be approximately 3 million dollars annually. The facility is further reporting noticeably lower formation of by-products such as ethanol in the crude methanol product, which will undoubtedly add to its total profitability.

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While the new catalyst’s superior performance was exceptional – it was also expected. That’s because Mega Max 800 is specially developed to offer higher activity and superior selectivity towards methanol production – even at very low reactor temperatures and pressures. Consequently, producers will be able to increase methanol capacity by as much as 10 per cent, depending on the facility’s design and processes.

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant, commented, “We are delighted that our Mega Max 800 catalyst is providing NCIC the benefits we promised. The favourable results are significant! Not only because NCIC is one of China’s largest coal-to-chemicals producers, but also as it is the first customer for Mega Max 800 using the Lurgi LP methanol process in China. It is another example of how Clariant is able to offer perfectly compatible catalysts and technology to maximise production efficiency and reliability for our customers.”

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