18 April 2008 21:11 [Source: ICIS news]
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The plant will be down for an expected 45-50 days.
The methanol producer is in the midst of building a second train that will boost its production capacity to 1.6m tonnes/year from its current 750,000 tonnes/year, a source at the plant told ICIS.
"At this time, the activities are going according to plan," the source said in Spanish.
In August, the plant will be closed to replace its distribution control system and to build "tie-ins" that will allow the new plant to be connected to the existing one, the source said.
Metor's expanded production is expected to add incremental volume to traditional customers in Europe and the
According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), about two-thirds of Metor's production will be exported, while the remaining balance will be processed in
Mitsubishi Corp, Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals and
The project will use natural gas provided by state oil company PDVSA as feedstock.
The plant should be operational by the beginning of 2010.
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