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September 18, 2014

ZeoGas (Houston) has hired Foster Wheeler to help plan a gas-to-gasoline plant that will be built on the US Gulf Coast. The new plant will employ Air Liquide’s 5,000-m.t./day MegaMethanol technology to convert natural gas to synthesis gas and then to methanol, which will be converted to gasoline using ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/ZeoGas-hires-Foster-Wheeler-to-plan-Gulf-Coast-gas-to-gasoline-project_63887.html
September 16, 2014
The Baltic Gas Chemical Co. has concluded preliminary geological investigations at a site in the Leningrad region of Russia, where it plans to build an export-oriented methanol...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Russian-firm-plans-export-oriented-methanol-complex-in-Leningrad-region_63844.html
September 1, 2014
OCI Partners (Nederland, TX) says it is starting up its methanol plant at Beaumont, TX after carrying out essential repairs on the plant's reformer. OCI Partners said on 29 August that...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCI-Partners-restarts-Beaumont-methanol-plant_63548.html
August 29, 2014
Global methanol demand is expected to increase from 60.7 million m.t. in 2013 to more than 109 million m.t. in 2023, with an average annual growth rate of 6%, according to research...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/IHS-Global-methanol-demand-to-rise-80-percent-by-2023-China-to-drive-demand_63525.html
August 27, 2014
Methanex says that it anticipates gas curtailments in Trinidad in the second half of 2014 to be higher than those experienced in the first half. The National Gas Company (NGC; Couva...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Lower-gas-supply-to-reduce-production-at-Methanex-plants-in-Trinidad_63407.html
August 26, 2014
The construction of OCI's (Geleen, Netherlands) planned world-scale methanol plant at Beaumont, TX, has moved a step closer. On 25 August, EPA announced a proposed Greenhouse Gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration (GHG PSD) permit for the project and issued a request for public comment through 24 September....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/EPA-issues-draft-permit-for-OCIs-world-scale-methanol-project-in-Texas_63406.html
August 26, 2014
The Galveston County Economic Alliance announced on Tuesday that Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment Corp. is exploring plans to build a large methanol production and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Chinese-group-plans-$4-5-billion-methanol-complex-at-Texas-City_62657.html
August 22, 2014
China CAMS Engineering, (Beijing), a subsidiary of China National Machinery Industry Corp., has been awarded a contract to build a petrochemical complex for Navoiazot (Navoi...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Chinese-engineering-firm-awarded-PVC-plant-contract-in-Uzbekistan_63350.html
August 13, 2014
MEO Australia (Melbourne) announced today that it has put up for sale a stake in its previously reported Tassie Shoal methanol and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects after receiving...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/MEO-Australia-to-sell-stake-in-methanol-and-LNG-projects_63049.html
August 12, 2014
Industries Qatar (IQ; Doha), a listed firm that controls some of the country’s major petrochemical, fertilizer, and steel manufacturing companies, reports a decline in earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Shutdowns-and-lower-fertilizer-prices-reduce-earnings-at-Industries-Qatar_63124.html
August 11, 2014
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) says it has restarted its methanol plant at Al Jubail following an unscheduled stoppage at the plant on 24 July 2012. The company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Sipchem-restarts-methanol-plant-at-Al-Jubail_63098.html
August 11, 2014
LG International (Seoul) plans to invest in a large petrochemical complex in the Bintuni industrial area, West Papua, Indonesia, The Jakarta Post reports. On Friday following a meeting...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/LG-International-plans-methanol-complex-in-Indonesia_63101.html
August 5, 2014
EPA has issued a final greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration construction permit for the expansion of OCI Partners' (OCI; Nederland, TX) methanol plant near Beaumont, TX. OCI plans to increase the plant’s methanol capacity by 25%, to 912,000 m.t./year and its ammonia capacity by 15%, to 305,000 m.t./year....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCI-Partners-gets-greenhouse-gas-permit-for-expansion-project_62977.html
July 31, 2014
Methanex reports year-on-year gains in second-quarter sales and income, but production constraints and weak pricing left adjusted earnings, at 94 cts/share, short of the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.01/share compiled by Thomson Reuters....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanex-earnings-fall-short-of-estimates-on-pricing-and-production_62889.html
July 23, 2014
OCI Partners (Nederland, TX) says that recent severe thunderstorms in the Gulf Coast area caused a power outage that disrupted methanol and ammonia production at the company's facility near Beaumont, TX, over the past several days. Damage to the production facility was limited, the company says. The methanol unit was down for 3.5 days and the ammonia unit was down for less than one day....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCIs-Beaumont-methanol-ammonia-plants-back-up-after-brief-outage_62648.html
July 22, 2014
ZeoGas (Houston), a developer of natural gas-to-gasoline projects, has entered into a license agreement to use ExxonMobil's research and engineering subsidiary’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/ZeoGas-to-use-ExxonMobil-methanol-to-gasoline-technology-in-US-Gulf-Coast-project_62627.html
July 18, 2014
Yuhuang Chemical (Houston), a newly created subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical, will invest $1.85 billion in a world-scale methanol manufacturing complex on the Mississippi River...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Chinese-firm-to-invest-$1-85-billion-in-methanol-complex-in-Louisiana-Air-Liquide-to-provide-technology_62582.html
July 9, 2014
Gulf of Guinea Methanol (Lagos) has selected IHS to carry out a bankable feasibility study for its proposed $1.1-billion methanol project planned to be built in the Ogidigben...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Nigeria-progresses-with-large-methanol-project_62367.html
July 9, 2014
Maverick Synfuels (Research Triangle Park, NC), a leader in alternative chemicals and fuels production technology; and Petrostar Petroleum (Nanton, AL), an oil and gas exploration...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Maverick-Synfuels-and-Petrostar-form-JV-for-small-methane-to-methanol-plants-in-Canada_62359.html
July 8, 2014
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC; Manama, Bahrain) has reported its six months’ production and export results, saying that production of its three major...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/GPIC-reports-higher-production-in-the-first-half-of-the-year_62340.html
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