The pre-reforming catalyst converts heavy hydrocarbons (C2+
) that are present in the natural gas feedstock into a mixture of methane, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen. Pre-reforming catalyst is produced through a sophisticated co-precipitation method to manufacture a nano-structured nickel based catalyst. For a pre-reforming catalyst, a high active catalyst with high nickel surface area is essential due to the low temperature of operation in adiabatic reactors with moderate reactor size. This allows the use of catalyst pellets of moderate size to be used in pre-reforming reactors. The hydrocarbon feed from the desulphurization section is mixed with process steam and preheated and introduced into this reactor. PR-T-01 is a pre-reforming catalyst with high nickel surface area and outstanding activity and can be operated at low temperatures and low steam to carbon ratio with insignificant carbon formation and side reactions.