G2X Texas Panhandle methanol plant to start up in fourth quarter

11 July 2014 18:40 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A small methanol plant being built by G2X Energy in the Texas Panhandle will start up in the fourth quarter this year, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

The 65,000 tonne/year project was originally scheduled to begin operating by the end of June, but spokeswoman Sally Fitch said the startup date had been pushed back. Fitch said officials on the project were not available for comment.

Clay Rice, president of the Pampa Economic Development Council, said the delay stemmed from typical construction and engineering problems.

"Nothing out of the ordinary has occurred," Rice said. "They're just making sure that they get the engineering and everything else on the project just right."

Construction began in January 2013 on the unit, which is being built on the site of a former Celanese plant that closed in early 2009.

Houston-based G2X is partnering with Southern Chemical Corp (SCC) on the $60m project. Methanol produced there will be marketed by SCC in the Texas Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma region under a long-term agreement, according to G2X.

Both companies have a larger project on the drawing board in Louisiana, where they plan to build a natural gas-to-gasoline plant in Lake Charles.

G2X received state and federal permits in June to build a $1.3bn plant that will use commercially proven methanol-gasoline (MTG) processes to make marketable methanol and gasoline there. It would be the first commercial-scale plant of its kind in the US.

By Lane Kelley