Steam methane reforming

Steam methane reforming is the reaction of methane (and other higher hydrocarbons) with steam in the presence of a catalyst to form carbon oxides and hydrogen.  Most industrial catalysts are based on using nickel as the catalytic component, although platinum group metals (pgms) are used for some specific duties.


Johnson Matthey has been associated with pre-reforming catalysts since the 1960s and offers CRG process technology and catalysts. Our CRG LH product range has been demonstrated to be the most active and robust commercially available product for this application.

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Primary/ steam reforming

Primary or steam reforming is the most critical operating unit in the ammonia, methanol, hydrogen and GTL production train. Johnson Matthey's combination of catalysts and services ensures optimal operation at all times. The choice of catalysts is unique in its ability to reform efficiently the full range of feedstocks from natural gas up to naphthas.

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Secondary and autothermal reforming

The secondary or autothermal reforming (ATR) have the most arduous mechanical and physical requirements in the plant. Johnson Matthey combines sophisticated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques and process models to ensure the best performance from our state of the art range of catalysts.

View the ATR range of catalysts for ammonia, methanol and GTL production.