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Chemie en kolen. Een overzicht van mogelijkheden in Nederland.
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ECN Policy Studies 1981
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ESC-13 ECN publication
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This report discusses the possibilities to use coal as a chemical feedstock in the Netherlands up to the year 2000. A survey is presented of the ways in which coal can be converted to serve as a feedstock for the production of chemicals. The production of synthesis gas from coal will probably be the preferable route for the Netherlands. A description is given of the appropriate gasification processes to produce synthesis gas. A cost comparison is made for the production of ammonia and methanol from natural gas, oil, naphta and coal. It can be concluded that when the coal price is about half the price of gas and oil, coal is the preferable choice for the production of ammonia and methanol. Finally the amount of coal required for the expected production of ammonia and methanol in the year 2000 is estimated. The maximum potential could amount to over 3 Mtce. This figure corresponds to the results of other studies where amounts between 2 and 5 Mtce have been reported.

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