December 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Asia emerging as diverse consumer of methanol

From the Western perspective, methanol (MeOH) is an important petrochemical and is used in manufacturing many vital intermediate and finished goods, according to Mark Berggren, managing director of Me..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

From the Western perspective, methanol (MeOH) is an important petrochemical and is used in manufacturing many vital intermediate and finished goods, according to Mark Berggren, managing director of Methanol Market Services Asia based in Singapore. He recently presented his industry perspective at the 2008 Americas Methanol and Fuels Conference held in Houston. While considered a "minor" petrochemical (as compared to olefins, aromatics, chlor-alkali and fertilizers) in volume, this simple alcohol allows the efficient use of other materials, thus adding value to their respective petrochemical chains. However, because MeOH requires highly valued (priced) natural gas (NG) or higher cost oper

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