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BP CHEMICALS Ltd | Date: 2014-03-06

A process for preparing methyl acetate by the carbonylation of dimethyl ether with carbon monoxide in the presence of hydrogen and a zeolite catalyst wherein, in a first step the carbonylation is conducted with a carbon monoxide to hydrogen molar ratio of at least 1 and in a second and subsequent step, the carbonylation is conducted with a hydrogen to carbon monoxide molar ratio of greater than 1.


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BP CHEMICALS Ltd | Date: 2014-03-06

A continuous process for the co-production of acetic acid and acetic anhydride by (a) contacting carbon monoxide with a liquid reaction composition comprising methyl acetate, dimethyl ether or a mixture thereof, a Group VIII metal catalyst, methyl iodide, acetic acid, acetic anhydride, water in a concentration of 0.1 wt % or less, (b) withdrawing liquid reaction composition from the reaction zone and introducing at least a portion of the withdrawn liquid reaction composition into a flash separation zone, and (c) removing from the flash separation zone a vapour fraction comprising acetic anhydride, acetic acid and methyl iodide and a liquid fraction comprising acetic anhydride, and Group VIII metal catalyst in which at least one of the liquid reaction composition and the withdrawn liquid reaction composition introduced into the flash separation zone comprises at least one metal salt selected from salts of Group IA and Group IIA metals and the molar ratio of acetic acid to acetic anhydride in the vapour fraction removed from the flash separation zone is maintained at greater than or equal to 1, preferably greater than or equal to 1.2.


An integrated process for the production of methyl acetate and methanol by the carbonylating dimethyl ether with synthesis gas, recovering methyl and unreacted synthesis gas and wherein the recovered synthesis gas is utilized as the sole fresh synthesis gas for methanol synthesis.


An integrated process for the production of methyl acetate and methanol by carbonylating dimethyl ether with synthesis gas, recovering methyl acetate and unreacted synthesis gas and supplying unreacted synthesis gas and fresh synthesis gas for methanol synthesis.


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BP CHEMICALS Ltd | Date: 2014-01-17

A process for treating a zeolite catalyst for the carbonylation of dimethyl ether to produce methyl acetate in which the catalyst is contacted with a treatment gas comprising water vapour in an amount of at least 1 mol % and at a temperature below which dealumination of the zeolite structure occurs.

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