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High-efficiency methanol process technologies

Demand for methanol is driving producers to seek the greater yields and economies of scale that only larger plants can provide. As a result, 10,000 MTPD methanol plant layouts will likely soon be the new industry benchmark for large-scale production.

Topsoe-designed methanol production plants combine advanced syngas generation and syngas-to-methanol processes with high-activity methanol production catalysts and comprehensive services. They are designed specifically to help you maximize yields and drive down costs.

The methanol process descriptions below explain each of our methanol manufacturing processes. All of these processes are customized to meet the requirements of your individual methanol project.

SynCOR Methanol™



Ideal for mega methanol plants, our SynCOR Methanol™ technology is the most cost-efficient methanol solution available anywhere.

SynCOR™ relies on our fully automated SynCOR™ syngas generator, which handles oxygen reforming at a uniquely low steam-to-carbon ratio. 

Add in ultra-efficient methanol synthesis, and you get high availability, low environmental impact, and rock-bottom capital and operating expenses. In fact, SynCOR Methanol™ offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any comparable technology on the market.

SynCOR Methanol™ process technology accommodates single-train capacities as low as 500 MTPD and as high as 10,000 MTPD.

The main benefits of a SynCOR Methanol™ plant include:

  • Cost-effective
  • Enables giga capacities
  • Superior economies of scale
  • Energy-efficient
  • Easy and reliable automated operation
  • Guaranteed peace of mind
  • Low CO2 footprint
  • Low methanol catalyst costs
  • Low water consumption
  • Low emissions
  • Long runtime

To learn more about what SynCOR™ can do for your business, watch the “SynCOR™ – Step up your business” video below

Read more about the SynCOR Methanol™ process



Designed for medium- to large-capacity plants, and with an optimal range of 1000–5500 MTPD, Topsoe’s two-step plant combines our efficient, reliable side-fired tubular SMR design with oxygen-fired autothermal reforming.

Our two-step methanol designs are the most cost-effective designs of their kind and offer several proven benefits, including:

  • Cost-effective
  • Energy-efficient
  • Easy and reliable operation
  • Small CO2 footprint
  • Long runtime

Read more about Topsoe’s two-step methanol process 

Two-step methanol plant

One-step methanol plant



Our one-step methanol process is intended for small to medium size plant capacities and/or feedstocks with a high CO2 content. This plant layout relies exclusively on our side-fired reforming design for generating hydrogen-rich syngas.

With an optimal capacity range of 500–2,500 MTPD, Topsoe’s one-step methanol plants provide the following benefits:

  • Operational flexibility
  • High plant availability
  • Lower risk of unplanned shutdowns
  • Long runtime
  • Easy and reliable operation

Read more about Topsoe’s one-step process 

Some plants need to produce very small quantities of methanol. To meet this need, we have developed a solution for capacities from 1,000 MTPD down to as low as 100 MTPD.

Our small-scale offering is a fully modular plant which is a one-step process using our compact HTCR convection reformer instead of a traditional tubular reformer.

Topsoe’s small-scale methanol technologies offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Capacities down to 100 MTPD
  • Modularized design that shortens the time from decision to first production
  • Modularized design for truck transportation enabling remote site operation
  • Robustness process
  • Meet on-demand requirements

Small scale

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