April 2012

Trends and Resources

HP Construction Profile: Methanex targets US for relocation of capacity

Methanex plans to move at least one methanol plant from Chile to the US, seeking to capitalize on a trend of low natural gas prices and possible interest in gasoline alternatives.For now, the Canada-b..

DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Methanex plans to move at least one methanol plant from Chile to the US, seeking to capitalize on a trend of low natural gas prices and possible interest in gasoline alternatives. For now, the Canada-based company hopes to relocate one of its four methanol plants in Punta Arenas, Chile (Figs. 1 and 2), to a new US Gulf site in Geismar, Louisiana.     Fig. 1. The Methanex   methanol complex in   Punta Arenas, Chile.      Fig. 2. Methanol can be produced from four plants at the   Punta Arenas, Chile, site. Photo courtesy of Google Earth. The individual Chile plants have capacities of between 800,000 tpy and 975,000

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