QAFAC’s Mesaieed methanol unit set for turnaround in 2013

03 November 2010 13:23  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Qatar Fuel Additives Co (QAFAC) plans to conduct the next turnaround of its 835,000 tonne/year natural gas-based methanol facility at Mesaieed in 2013, a company source said late on Wednesday.

The unit was shut down for maintenance in April this year, added the source, speaking on the sidelines at the 13th International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association (IMPCA) Asian Conference, being held in Singapore from 2–4 November.

The source added the plant was currently producing around 990,000 tonnes/year of product, which was above its nameplate capacity, as QAFAC was able to source extra carbon monoxide from its fertilizer plant in Mesaieed.

Around 750,000 tonnes is earmarked for export each year, while the rest is used as feedstock for the company’s 610,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant at the same site in Mesaieed, the source added.

The MTBE plant supplies 50,000 tonnes/year of product to a Qatar Petroleum refinery that is also in Mesaieed Industrial City and has a current capacity of 137,000 bbl/day.

The rest of the MTBE from the plant is exported to markets such as Taiwan and China.

Other major methanol producers in the region include Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), Oman Methanol Co and Iran’s National Petrochemical Co (NPC).

The three largest derivatives of methanol are formaldehyde, MTBE and acetic acid.

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By: Heng Hui
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