Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, the Engineering and Construction activity of Air Liquide Group, has entered into a global technology licensing agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
Under the terms of the agreement, Air Liquide will market and license its proven Lurgi MegaMethanolTM technology combined with ExxonMobil’s proprietary methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology to transform natural gas into ultra-low sulfur gasoline. The combination of technologies will be marketed under the trademark G2GTM.
The G2GTM technology transforms natural gas, as well as other feedstocks, into motor gasoline containing virtually no sulfur and low in benzene content. The integration of both Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions and ExxonMobil technologies into one combined solution will minimize project interfaces, off sites and logistics complexities, as well as overall investment for synthetic fuel production.
The G2G™ technology offer will be licensed as an integrated solution and will be deployed globally through Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions’ network.
As a leading technology licensor for world-scale methanol units, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions has signed nearly 20 licenses for its Lurgi MegaMethanolTM technology since the year 2000, with acceleration over the last 18 months, notably in the United States where natural gas prices are advantageous.
ExxonMobil has the proven technology to produce quality gasoline from methanol as a feedstock. The MTG technology selectively converts methanol to ultra-low sulfur gasoline. ExxonMobil’s first plant using the methanol-to-gasoline technology operated in New Zealand from 1985 until 1995. A second facility using Exxon’s technology has been in operation in China since 2009, and a third facility is currently under construction, also in China.
Cristiano Tortelli, Vice President and Chairman, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, stated, “Methanol has become a promising energy carrier enabling the market to fully utilize the potential of lower-cost energy sources into low-sulfur transportation fuels. This technology licensing agreement will further enhance Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions’ technology portfolio, in line with Air Liquide Group’s mission to create value over the long term by delivering high-quality solutions to customers.”