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Methanol Facility Planned For Trinidad

by Alexander H. Tullo
April 15, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 15

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Credit: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical operates this dimethyl ether plant in Japan, and plans one in Trinidad.
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Credit: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical operates this dimethyl ether plant in Japan, and plans one in Trinidad.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical and Mitsubishi Corp. have signed an agreement with the government of Trinidad & Tobago and local conglomerate Neal & Massy Holdings to build a chemical plant in the natural-gas-rich country. The partners plan an export-oriented methanol plant with 1 million metric tons of annual capacity and a 100,000-metric-ton-per-year plant for making dimethyl ether, a diesel substitute to be sold across the Caribbean. The parties expect to reach a final decision later this year and possibly open the plants in 2016. Last month, Saudi Basic Industries and Sinopec pulled out of a planned $5.3 billion methanol-to-olefins project in Trinidad (C&EN, March 11, page 14).

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