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Gasification processes offer a number of upstream and downstream advantages to customers faced with rising oil and gas prices and dwindling energy reserves as well as a need to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation.

With proper preparation a variety of carbon-based materials can be easily gasified to produce synthesis gas (syngas) for the subsequent production of energy, chemicals and liquid fuels. For the majority of feedstocks, the method is particularly clean and efficient. Gasification is also flexible with respect to feedstock quality and the use of mixed feedstocks. The gasification of low-value or waste materials is also an attractive option. Even otherwise problematic materials can be gasified together with the main feedstock. As coal is much more abundant than oil and gas and global availability ensures security of supply and relative price stability for the foreseeable future, coal will play an even greater role in power generation, the chemical industry (e.g. in China) and in the production of liquid fuels (gasoline, diesel, etc.). Coal gasification technology offers environment-friendly, efficient solutions for these applications. In power generation, for example, gasification can achieve high thermal efficiencies and also forms a basis for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
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