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Pure CO is primarily required for the production of:

  • acetic acid

  • polyurethane

  • polycarbonate

  • formic acid

  • phosgene

Processes for Manufacturing Carbon Monoxide

CO is generated by reforming hydrocarbon-content feed stocks as natural gas, mineral oil fractions or coal and always comes about in conjunction with hydrogen in mixture ratios characterized by the C/H ratio of the individual feed stocks.

All processes supplied by Linde Engineering for the extraction of CO are largely based on the company's own technologies, supported by licenses, if required.

Block Diagram: Basic Process Steps for CO Manufacture.

With 75 plants world wide for the production of H2/CO, planned and installed by Linde – 17 of which are also operated by Linde – as well as just as many cold boxes for the recovery of CO, Linde is one of the leading contractors in this business segment.

Linde plants provide CO with a purity of up to 99.99 vol.-% and a capacity from 100 Nm³/h to over 30,000 Nm³/h


Hydrogen Carbon Monoxide Plant in Hungary for Linde Gas in Kazincbarcika

Linde Gas for BorsodChem

Steam reforming, CO2 wash, cryogenic methane wash, PSA

Natural gas, CO2

11,000 Nm³/h H2, 6,000 Nm³ mol-% CO

Scope of Work:


Linde AG, Engineering Division

Dr.-Carl-von-Linde-Strasse 6-14
82049 Pullach

Phone +49 89 7445-3540
Fax     +49 89 7445-4979