Volume 92 Issue 32 | pp. 12-13
Issue Date: August 11, 2014

The U.S. Methanol Building Boom

Cheap gas and strong demand forge a petrochemical partnership between the U.S. and China
Department: Business
Keywords: methanol, U.S., China, Pacific

Every week, someday soon, a chemical tanker more than 800 feet long and carrying up to 80,000 metric tons of methanol will depart from the Columbia River or Puget Sound on the West Coast to make a monthlong voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

The ships will link three new methanol plants—in Washington and Oregon—with the Chinese port of Dalian. There, authorities are building a big new methanol terminal as well as methanol-to-olefins (MTO) units that . . .

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