Methanol

Canadian Utilities Beginning Hydrogen Energy Field Tests

Canadian Utilities Beginning Hydrogen Energy Field Tests

Canadian utilities are starting trials of green uses for a natural gas substitute, hydrogen, that has to date chiefly served the Alberta oilsands production often criticized by environmentalists. In the 2021-22 heating season, household blends of hydrogen and gas are scheduled to enter field tests in Ontario and Alberta residential fuel markets. A Quebec variation…

March 10, 2021
Regulators Deny Permit for $2B Methanol Project in Washington

Regulators Deny Permit for $2B Methanol Project in Washington

After a third environmental assessment, the Washington Department of Ecology has denied a shoreline permit for a China-backed, $2 billion-plus natural gas-fed methanol plant that would be sited along the Columbia River. Project sponsor Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) has until Feb. 9 to appeal the ruling made last Tuesday. Chief Development Officer Vee Godley said…

January 21, 2021
Northwest Natural Gas-to-Methanol Project Dealt Another Setback

Northwest Natural Gas-to-Methanol Project Dealt Another Setback

Environmental groups and Chinese-backed sponsors of a natural gas-fueled methanol production and export project in Washington are knocking heads after a district court late last month voided some federal permits for the project.  The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington referred the permits back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for…

December 10, 2020

Federal Laboratory, SoCalGas Team Up on Carbon Capture Project

A two-year research project with the aim of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from an industrial source and turning it into methanol has received a $300,000 federal grant.

December 2, 2019

Methanex Sanctions Third Methanol Plant on Louisiana Coast

With fuel supplied by abundant Lower 48 natural gas, Methanex Corp. has sanctioned a 1.8 million metric ton/year (mmty) methanol plant in Geismar, LA, adjacent to its two existing facilities.

July 22, 2019

Northwest Pipeline Given Another Year to Complete Natural Gas Lateral

Nearly three years to the day after giving final authorization for the project, FERC has granted Northwest Pipeline LLC an additional year to complete construction of a short natural gas pipeline lateral to serve a proposed methanol production facility in the Pacific Northwest.

April 11, 2019
Alberta Secures Methanol Plant in Deal with Nauticol

Alberta Secures Methanol Plant in Deal with Nauticol

An Alberta government subsidy program lured its third industrial customer for natural gas into construction Wednesday, when Nauticol Energy committed to build a C$2 billion ($1.5 billion) methanol plant.

February 21, 2019

Saudis May Join South Louisiana Methanol Project Planned in Louisiana

Preliminary plans are in the works to build a 2 million metric ton/year (mmty) methanol production plant on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, which would be the largest of its kind in North America.

January 4, 2019
Methanol Firm Expecting Permits for Pacific Northwest Projects in 2019

Methanol Firm Expecting Permits for Pacific Northwest Projects in 2019

Nearly five years into a push to expand in the Pacific Northwest, advocates continue wading through permitting challenges to build natural gas-fed methanol production plants along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon.

December 21, 2018

YCI Gains Koch Methanol as Equity Investor in Louisiana Project

Houston-based Yuhuang Chemical Industries Inc. (YCI) on Thursday clinched an agreement giving Koch Methanol Investments LLC a minority stake in YCI Methanol One LLC, a $1.85 billion production facility under construction in St. James Parish, LA.

August 24, 2018
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