Trinidad’s M5000 methanol plant schedules 3-week Q2 turnaround

23 March 2012 15:02  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--Trinidad’s M5000 methanol plant at Point Lisas is scheduled to close for maintenance, a source with Hamburg-based Helm AG, marketers and distributors for the plant, said on Friday.

The turnaround, at some point in the second quarter, is expected to last for around three weeks, the Helm AG source added.

The M5000 plant is owned and operated by Methanol Holdings [Trinidad] Limited (MHTL), and has a capacity of 1.9m tonnes/year.

The turnaround is not widely expected to have a large impact on the global methanol market because it has been planned in advance, meaning alternative supply arrangements would have been made.

MHTL produces a total of around 4m tonnes of methanol a year at its five plants at Point Lisas, of which 75% is exported to North America, 24% to Europe, and 1% sold locally, according to the company’s website.

The Point Lisas plants use the ICI low pressure methanol synthesis process. The two main raw materials are natural gas methane and water.

By: Ross Yeo
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