Oman’s SMC shuts 1m tonne/year methanol plant for turnaround

20 October 2011 07:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Oman’s Salalah Methanol Company (SMC) shut its 1m tonne/year methanol plant at Salalah on 13 October for an unplanned turnaround, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The restart date has not been confirmed, the source added.

The plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 1.3m tonnes/year, was started up in May 2010 and is a joint venture between Oman Oil and Oman Energy Trading.

The feedstock for the production of methanol at the plant is natural gas, which is supplied by Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas through the country’s pipeline systems.

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By: Sam Liang

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