Canada’s Methanex runs Motunui units in New Zealand at full rates

21 September 2012 06:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Canada-based Methanex is running its two methanol plants with a combined running capacity of 1.5 m tonne/year at Motunui, in the North Island of New Zealand, at full rates, said a company source on Friday.

One of the two plants was restarted in 2008, while the second plant, which has an actual nameplate capacity of 850,000 tonnes/year but can only produce 650,000 tonnes/year, was restarted in July this year.

It is pursuing opportunities to obtain natural gas so it can restart its 530,000 tonne/year methanol plant in Waitara, New Zealand, which was shut since 2004, the source added.

The company is currently assessing the feasibility of debottlenecking the Motunui site which will add another 200,000 tonnes/year to its output and it is waiting to finalise natural gas supply agreements before proceeding to the restart of the Waitara plant, the company said in a podcast in the week on its website.

The full nameplate capacity of the Motunui and Waitara plants is 2.4 m tonne/year.

Methanol can be found in products such as windshield washer fluid and plywood floors.


By: Heng Hui
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