An Overview of the Methanol Reforming Process

At a high purity, methanol plants generate methanol. This is accomplished by a catalytic reaction using natural gas and other hydrocarbon syngas, using steam reforming and/or auto-thermal reforming.As fuel for blending with gasoline, as feedstock for methanol-to-olefin (MTO) plants and as intermediate feedstock for DME (Dimethyl Ether) used as fuel, the market for methanol is increasing rapidly.

The proprietary methanol synthesis reactor of MVS Engineering Pvt. Ltd., which uses multi-stage, indirect cooling and radial flow type configuration, makes plant construction with a single reaction vessel equivalent to a capacity of 5000-6000 tons/day. MVS Engineering Pvt. Ltd. has experience to date in the implementation of 13 methanol programs, both in India and abroad.

MVS. Engineering Pvt. Ltd. provides producers, innovators and service providers with industrial gas plants that help them function efficiently in their industrial processes. We use advanced technologies to supply industries such as health care, manufacturing and transportation with gases like nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. Industrial gas plants deliver high-purity gas that helps us to provide our cars with cleaner fuels, safe drinking water and efficient production of electricity.


Energy saving, i.e. effective recovery of the reaction heat as steam generation, is accomplished by the basic features of the multi-stage and indirect cooling form design reactor. Approximately 50 percent of the steam needed for the steam reforming of the corresponding syngas output for methanol synthesis is equivalent to the steam produced. The radial flow function of the MRF-Z® reactor decreases the pressure drop over the catalyst bed by approximately one-tenth compared to the axial flow configuration and thus saves energy for the recompression of unreacted synthesis gas up to the reactor inlet pressure.In addition, it is easy to scale up along with the reactor height direction while retaining the reactor diameter size, i.e. maintaining the same catalyst bed pressure drop, and therefore the probably largest amount of the catalyst can be loaded in a single reactor vessel.

Moreover, because the operating conditions of the reactor are relatively mild, catalyst life can be assumed to be longer and there is therefore less risk of catalyst sintering or mechanical degradation. Therefore, maintenance work such as catalyst change-over at the end of life is quick and convenient. The MRF-Z® reactor is currently employed in MVS Engineering Pvt. Ltd. methanol ventures to date.

Methanol reformers work with water on a comfortable mix of methanol and need little electrical power. In thermal exchangers, a mixture of methanol and demineralised water is vaporised. The methanol/water vapour mixture is converted into syngas consisting of H2, CO, CO2, CH4 and water vapour during the passage of the heated catalyst. Then the syngas passes into the purification unit, where it purifies and delivers the hydrogen.

As a producer and exporter, we provide our customers with all forms of industrial gas plants to meet consumer demands. Under the supervision of engineers who hold extensive knowledge of this area, all plants are grown. In addition, quality is always of prime importance to our company and we conform to it at every point of the output of MVS Engineering industrial gas plants.

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