Oberhausen synthetic gas plant starts up

Celanese chemicals Europe GmbH announced that after 15 months of construction it today commissioned the new synthetic gas plant at the Oberhausen, Germany, site. The new plant uses natural gas to produce synthetic gas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) and hydrogen. It will replace the existing plant, which still runs on heavy fuel oil. Using modern technology, the new plant will significantly reduce emissions, while simultaneously improving the site's competitiveness in chemicals production. Synthetic gas and hydrogen are important raw materials for the production of Oxo chemicals, which are used in plasticizers, solvents and plant protection agents, as well for specialty chemicals such as neopentylglycol, an additive in synthetic lubricants.

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