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Chinese group plans two mega-methanol plants in US Pacific Northwest to supply olefins feedstock

2:53 AM MST | January 24, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW; Vancouver, WA) has proposed to build two large-scale methanol plants in the US Pacific Northwest. The proposed facilities would each cost $1 billion and have a design capacity of 5,000 m.t./day. Output from the plants will be shipped to Dalian, China for conversion to olefins.
NWIW plans to build the plants at the Port of Kalama, WA, and at Port Westward, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.  NWIW was formed this year. Its backers include PPE, a joint venture between Shanghai Bi Ke Clean Energy Technology Co. (CECC), and Dalian Xizhoug Island Petrochemical Park (Dalian, China), together with the Silicon-Valley-based private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific. CECC is a joint venture between the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and BP. BP, which is a major buyer of methanol for its acetic acid plants, is not involved in the projects, the company tells CW.
Greg Peden, a partner in Gallatin Public Affairs (Portland), NWIW’s public affairs consultants, tells CW that the Port of Kalama has already approved NWIW’s right-of-entry agreement, while the company is still awaiting approval from the Port of St. Helens on a lease option. Port Westward is owned by the Port of St. Helens, he says. NWIW plans to break ground on the projects in the fourth quarter of this year and complete construction in the second quarter of 2017.  The company would like to have the plants fully operational in 2018, Peden says.
Dalian Xizhoug Island Petrochemical Park, in Bohai Bay in northern China, is one of seven key petrochemical parks in China. The park, located on a 96-sq kilometer island, is the site for a proposed 40-million m.t./year refinery and 6 million m.t./year olefins and 5 million m.t./year aromatics complexes. The methanol will be shipped twice weekly to Dalian in mid-size Panamax ships. Peden says. Chinese end-users, including the Dalian park, have already signed agreements committing $9 billion to NWII projects, the company says, and construction is already under way to build storage facilities for methanol to be produced by NWIW. The Pacific Northwest has the advantage of being the bridge linking the US with the growing Asian market,” NWIW says.  

Comments (1) for Chinese group plans two mega-methanol plants in US Pacific Northwest to supply olefins feedstock
Which A & E Engineering company will do the design for these plants? Looking for a job as a Chemical Process Engineer.
Posted by David Curry on Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 02:38 PM

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