14 June 2012 10:13 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Qatar Fuel Additives Co (QAFAC) restarted its 835,000 tonne/year natural gas-based methanol facility at Mesaieed early this week after the plant was shut late last month because of mechanical issues, a company source said on Thursday.
The source was not sure about the exact operating rates after the restart but a source close to the company said the plant was running normally now..
Before the shutdown, the plant was producing around 990,000 tonnes/year of methanol, higher than its nameplate capacity, as QAFAC was able to source extra carbon monoxide from its fertilizer plant at Mesaieed, a company source had said earlier.
Around 750,000 tonnes of methanol are 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 site, said the company source.
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