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Discusses economic value and technical applications of the hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds formed. Reviews various reactions by which CH4, MeOH and higher alcohols can be obtained. Fundamental thermodynamic and catalytic conditions for the production of hydrocarbons are dealt with in some detail and the conditions necessary for their successful technical synthesis are reviewed. Examples of the properties of the products are given, and the erection of commercial-scale plants is discussed from the economic viewpoint.