March 2016

Regional Report

Central American nations beef up import infrastructure, fuel production amid demand shift

   Methanex’s methanol facility in Trinidad.

Nogarin, M., Contributing Writer; Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Methanex’s methanol facility in Trinidad. The company   operates two methanol plants on the Point Lisas Industrial   Estate on Trinidad’s west coast. Photo courtesy of Methanex.     Construction of the Etileno XXI project in   Mexico. The plant is scheduled to begin   operations by the end of 1Q 2016. Due to the growth in the region’s middle class, Central America and Mexico have seen tremendous petroleum product demand growth over the past decade. Multiple forecasts show that the region will see a nominal increase in demand through the rest of the decade. Demand has been shifting to more middle and light distillates, as opposed to fuel oil. Unfortun

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