A bed of aluminium balls is laid inside one of the reactors at the Motunui Synfuel plant. The reactor was then filled with a zeolite catalyst known as ZSM-5. Construction of the Synfuel gas-to-gasoline plant began in 1981, and the plant was progressively commissioned in 1984–85. The technology used was developed by Mobil’s engineers in the early 1970s.
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