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1677. KASTENS, M. L., DUDLEY, J. F., AND TROELTZSCH, J. Synthetic Methanol Production. Ind. Eng. Chem., vol. 40, No. 12, 1948, pp. 2230-2240.
History of synthetic methanol both here and abroad is sketched, figures on the production and price since 1898 are presented, and present producers are listed. The main emphasis is placed on a description of the Sterlington, La., plant of the Commercial Solvent Corp., which uses natural gas catalytically reformed into synthesis gas with the addition of some CO2 as the raw material. The plant operates at about 5,000 p.s.i.g. and 400°, as compared with current practice of 2,200-14,700 p.s.i.g. and 250°-400°.