29 July 2013 10:09 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Qatar Fuel Additives Co (QAFAC) is planning to shut down its 835,000 tonne/year natural gas-based methanol facility in Mesaieed for 40-50 days of regular maintenance next year, a company source said on Monday.
The company conducts maintenance at the plant once every four years, but the exact dates next year have yet to be fixed, the source said.
“The maintenance should happen in conjunction with the [cooler] weather, possibly in March,” the source said.
The plant’s production has been higher than its nameplate capacity, as QAFAC was able to source extra carbon monoxide from its fertilizer plant at Mesaieed, another company source said.
The facility usually exports 750,000 tonnes of its methanol output, while the balance is used as feedstock for the company’s 610,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant at the site, the first source said.
Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Co (Muntajat) is the sole distributor of QAFAC’s methanol.
Other major methanol producers in the Middle East include Saudi Arabia’s SABIC, and Oman Methanol.
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