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Generating syngas and oxogas via SMR

Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) - Syngas Production

Generating syngas and oxogas via SMR


Know your Steam Reformer

May 29, 2018 in Hydrogen

Steam Methane Reforming - Syngas Production is a proven technology for producing syngas, carbon monoxide and oxogas. The process uses steam methane to reform a hydrocarbon feed in catalyst-filled tubes heated by a top-fired furnace.

Adaptable technology

With Steam Methane Reforming from Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, natural gas is desulfurized, mixed with steam and pre-heated. Inside a proprietary top-fired steam reformer, the feed gas and steam are then heated at pressures of 15 - 45 barg to generate hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Air Liquide Engineering & Construction can adapt multiple factors to customers' specific needs, including the main process parameters, the reforming temperature and the steam to carbon ratio. The aim is to optimize the process to meet methane conversion requirements of downstream steps.

The products generated by the process are syngas, oxogas and carbon monoxide. Customers may choose to recycle and/or import the carbon monoxide to save their natural gas feed.


  • Efficient and proven technology for generating syngas, oxogas and carbon monoxide
  • Process can be adapted to meet clients' methane conversion requirements

Key figures

  • Capacity: up to 40 000 Normal cubic meters per hour (Nm3/h) carbon monoxide and up to 350 000 Nm3/h syngas, dry
  • Feed+Fuel: 45.6 Megajoules/Normal cubic meters (MJ/Nm3) CO
  • Feed+Fuel+carbon dioxide: 19.3 MJ/Nm3 CO

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