OCI announces mechanical completion largest US methanol plant

OCI announces mechanical completion of largest US methanol plant

5:57 AM, 21st April 2018
Natgasoline is a greenfield 1.75m tonne/year methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas. (Photo from OCI)
Natgasoline is a greenfield 1.75m tonne/year methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas. (Photo from OCI)

NETHERLANDS: Natgasoline LLC, a jointly owned greenfield methanol production facility by OCI NV (OCI) and Consolidated Energy Limited (CEL), has achieved the major milestone of mechanical completion.

Located in Beaumont, Texas, Natgasoline is expected to have a capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes per day and will be the largest methanol production facility in US.

This achievement signals that construction and pre-commissioning activities are substantially complete for the facility. Operations of the plant have now been handed over to Natgasoline for final commissioning and start-up, with first production of methanol expected in the second quarter of 2018.

The refurbishment of BioMCN’s second methanol production line in the Netherlands is also on track and the line is expected to start production in the fourth quarter of 2018.

BioMCN is a facility of OCI, located at the Chemical Park Delfzijl, The Netherlands. 

Including OCI’s 50 percent proportionate share in Natgasoline, the expanded BioMCN operations and OCI Partners, OCI’s methanol group’s capacity is expected to reach 2.8 million metric tonnes by the end of 2018, effectively doubling OCI’s current methanol asset footprint and positioning OCI as one of the largest merchant methanol producers globally.

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