Methaforming technology helps oil refiners and gasoline blenders address naphtha oversupply, comply with Tier 3 gasoline requirements, achieve gasoline sulfur reduction and benzene removal.

Methaforming is useful for light naphtha processing, pentane processing, hexane processing, gasoline octane improvement and natural gasoline or NGL processing. It helps increase refiner's margins on gasoline.


New Alternative to Catalytic Reforming and Isomerization

  • Reacts naphtha with Methanol, Ethanol or light Olefins over proprietary catalyst.

  • One-step process converts feed to high quality, high octane gasoline.

  • Removes 90% feed sulfur without requiring external source of hydrogen, tolerant to sulfur up to 1 000 ppm.

  • Can process feeds that are rich in normal paraffins, e.g. Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) and renewable naphthas into high octane gasoline.

  • Reduces CO₂ emissions due to reduced need for fuel gas and possibility to use renewable feeds in gasoline production.


Advantages of Methaforming

  • Substantially Lower CAPEX and OPEX

  • Lower Temperature and pressure than semi-regen Catalytic Reforming

  • No Hydrogen Addition, no need for Recycle

  • Very Low Product Benzene and n-Paraffins

  • Non-Noble Metal Catalyst

  • Tolerates Feed Sulfur

  • Lower Octane Sensitivity [RON minus MON] than Catalytic Reformate

  • Higher Yield of Gasoline Blend Stream (Methaformate) than semi-regen Catalytic Reforming

Feed applications

  • Light Virgin Naphtha (LVN), Heavy Virgin Naphtha (HVN), Full Range Naphtha.

  • Raffinate from Aromatics Extraction of Catalytic Reformate.

  • Tight Oil (Shale Oil) Naphtha.

  • Natural Gas Liquids or Condensate.

  • GTL naphtha.


Product properties

  • Full Boiling Range.

  • Feed Sulfur Reduced by >90 %.

  • Benzene ~1 % of Total Methaformate.

  • Typical RON: 88-92, MON: 82-86, (R+M)/2: 85-89.



Key chemistry advantages over catalytic reforming:

1. Converts ~80% n-Paraffins to Aromatics and other high value hydrocarbons.

2. Yields high quality product in one reactor instead of multiple reactors.

3. Yields Methaformate with ~1% Benzene.