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1. (WO2017065613) PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF METHANOL

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/065613    International Application No.:    PCT/NL2016/050711
Publication Date: Fri Apr 21 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Oct 18 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: C01B 3/38
C07C 29/151
C07C 31/04
Applicants: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
Inventors: IAQUANIELLO, Gaetano
SALLADINI, Annarita
Title: PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF METHANOL
Abstract:
Disclosed is a process for the production of methanol from a hydrocarbon feed. Particularly, the process is suitable for a hydrocarbon feed that has not been subjected to the removal of carbon dioxide. The process of the invention comprises the steps of (a) providing a hydrocarbon feed; (b) subjecting the hydrocarbon feed to Catalytic Partial Oxidation (CPO) so as to obtain a synthesis gas mixture; and (c) subjecting the synthesis gas mixture to methanol-forming conditions together with an additional feed of hydrogen (H2), so as to obtain methanol; wherein the hydrocarbon feed is a CO2 - containing hydrocarbon feed and wherein the Catalytic Partial Oxidation is conducted in the presence of a molar excess of H2O, and wherein the additional hydrogen feed is obtained by recovering blowdown gas obtained from the reactor in which the methanol formation takes place and subjecting the recovered gas to pressure swing absorption so as to extract hydrogen therefrom, and wherein gas remaining after hydrogen extraction is recycled as a feed to the Catalytic Partial Oxidation. The process of the invention is particularly suitable for the production of methanol in off-shore circumstances, such as by Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).