Abstract: Takovite, Ni6Al2(OH)16CO3·5H2O, with molar Ni/Al ratios of 2.5 and 3 is prepared by precipitation at pH levels of 7 and 10, periods of reaction of 3 and 20 hr, and calcination temperatures varying between 120° and 853°C. The quantity of reduced Ni is determined as a function of the calcination temperature, and the solid phases remaining after reduction are determined with XRD. The Ni/Al ratio, pH of precipitation, and calcination temperature are important preparation conditions. A precursor of a Ni/Al ratio of 2.5 precipitated at a pH-level of 10 exhibits on reduction metallic Ni particles of about 15 nm irrespective of the drying or calcination temperature. After reduction, a considerable amount of NaAlO2 is present. Metallic Ni particles of 6 nm are present in a reduced precursor of Ni/Al ratio of 2.5 precipitated at a pH-level of 7. The size of the Ni particles present in a reduced precursor of Ni/Al ratio of 3 precipitated at a pH-level of 10 rises from 4–8 nm to 16 nm after calcination at temperatures increasing from 120° to 853°C. The last precursor contains much less sodium, and shows after reduction a disordered NiO phase containing some alumina. Especially, the takovite with the molar Ni/Al ratio of 2.5, thoroughly washed to remove Na, and calcined at T ≤ 260°C before reduction of Ni provides a promising catalyst for the production of hydrogen-carbon monoxide flows out of methane and steam.