China's Sichuan Lutianhua runs methanol plant at 70% after restart

02 September 2011 04:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sichuan Lutianhua is running its 400,000 tonne/year methanol plant at 70% after restarting it on 26 August, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which is located at Luzhou in Sichuan province, was shut down because of tight supply of feedstock natural gas since the end of May, according to the source.

The daily output of methanol from the plant is 800 tonnes at the moment, out of which 20% is for captive use at the company’s dimethyl ether (DME) plant, the source said.

The rest goes into building the company’s methanol inventories and none of the output is for commercial sale, the source added.

DME is a major downstream product of methanol. About 1.4 tonnes of methanol is required to produce 1 tonne of DME.

Sichuan Lutianhua also owns a 110,000 tonne/year DME plant at the same site.

Dolly Wu contributed to this article.

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