Jacobs Engineering Group said
it was awarded a contract from Canada-based methanol major Methanex to provide
engineering services for a potential methanol production facility in
The plant would be relocated from Chile (where it is idled now)
to Louisiana, with Methanex seeking to start operations in the
second half of 2014.
The outlook for low North American natural-gas prices
makes Louisiana an attractive location," said Methanex CEO
Jacobs is currently executing site-specific engineering for the
225-acre location in Geismar, La. from its offices in Baton
Rouge, La.; Santiago, Chile; and Marble Arch, London, UK.
The project is expected to create
numerous direct and indirect job employment opportunities, the
"We are very pleased Methanex
selected Jacobs to be a part of this project, said Jacobs vice
president Mike Autrey.
The US Gulf Coast is a
prime location for a methanol facility, especially since demand
for methanol is expected to grow in the
coming years, he added.
Financial terms and capacity
information were not disclosed.