2724. PUIG, J. J., AND SUNEN-BENEDED, R. [Hydrocarbons and Alcohols.] French Patent 784,742, July 23, 1935. Chem. Abs., vol. 30, 1936, p. 484.

Alkali, alkaline earth or earth carbonate or bicarbonate is partly reduced by a metal or carbonaceous reducing agent to obtain a gas rich in CO, which is caused to react with H2 in the presence of catalysts to produce hydrocarbons or alcohols as desired. The H2 may be obtained by reduction of steam with a part of the CO formed.