Canada’s Methanex plans to restart Atlas plant by early Nov

25 October 2012 09:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Canada’s Methanex plans to restart its 1.8m tonne/year Atlas methanol plant in Trinidad and Tobago by the beginning of November, according to the company’s press statement on Thursday.

The facility was shut earlier at the end of September for a catalyst change to coincide with ongoing natural gas curtailments on the Caribbean island.

The company has a 63.1% interest in the Atlas facility, which works out give the company 1.15m tonnes/year of the plant’s total output.

The company has a separate 900,000 tonne/year Titan methanol facility in Trinidad, which is running, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, Methanex continues to operate only one of its four Chilean methanol plants at around 20% capacity because of natural gas supply curtailments from Argentina, according to the statement.

The firm is assessing the feasibility of debottlenecking its 470,000 tonne/year methanol facility at Medicine Hat in the US, which could add a further 90,000 tonnes/year of production capacity, according to the statement.

By: Heng Hui
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