Trinidad methanol output rose 1% in April, decline at largest plants

09 June 2014 18:37 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Trinidad & Tobago's methanol production in April increased slightly, with output from the Caribbean country's seven methanol plants inching up over the same month in 2013, according to government data obtained on Monday.

Production at three plants declined, two of them - the 1.8m tonne/year Atlas unit and the 1.9m tonne/year M5000 plant - the largest on the island.

Methanex said in earnings reports that first-quarter production at its two Trinidad plants - the Atlas unit and its 875,000/tonne year Titan site - was impacted by minor unplanned outages and gas curtailments.

Trinidad historically has supplied 65-70% of annual US methanol imports. But Trinidad's methanol and ammonia production has dealt with regular natural gas cutbacks during the past few years.

The government has attributed the gas curtailments to maintenance being done by BP and BG on offshore platforms.

Methanex described the problem in its first quarter report as stemming from a mismatch between upstream commitments to supply the state-run utility (Natural Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago) and downstream demand from the utility's customers, which include Methanex and other producers.

April 2014 Trinidad methanol production, in tonnes

 

April 2014

April 2013

 

TTMC I

33,426

25,273

32.26%

CMC

43,079

33,007

30.51%

TTMC II

39,863

41,024

-2.83%

MIV

46,090

43,483

6.00%

Titan

72,039

51,582

39.66%

Atlas

87,367

122,728

-28.81%

M5000

145,422

146,002

-0.40%

Total

467,286

463,099

0.90%

Source: Trinidad Energy Ministry

By Lane Kelley