Brunei Methanol restarts 850,000 tonne/year plant after outage

05 July 2011 05:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Brunei Methanol Co (BMC) restarted its 850,000 tonne/year methanol plant in Sungai Liang Industrial Park over the weekend after an unplanned shutdown on 15 June, a company source said on Tuesday.

“We are struggling with the situation because of the outage. We are trying to manage the situation by time swap or delivery extension," the source said.

The company is currently supplying minimal contractual quantities because of the plant outage, according to its marketer Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC).

MGC said it is interested to buy small volumes of spot material, but stressed that this will be for a short period of time.

BMC is a joint venture between MGC, ITOCHU and Petroleum Brunei. MGC holds a 50% stake in the company, while the remaining 50% share is equally held by ITOCHU and Petroleum Brunei.

Methanol is used in the manufacture of formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methyl chlorides, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

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By: Heng Hui
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