Our exciting projects
We are entering the methanol production business with the introduction of two exciting new projects. The first project is comprised of the acquisition and relocation of an existing 195,000 metric tons per annum (“tpa”) or 58.1 million gallons per year (“gpy”) methanol production facility to natural gas rich West Virginia.
The facility, to be known as Liberty ONE, will commence production in the second half of 2018 in its new location (Charleston, WV) and market methanol to the Northeastern portion of the United States. On relocating the facility some minor upgrades, repairs and modifications will take place that will result in increased efficiency and an expected useful life of 30 years.
In addition to the development of the Liberty ONE plant, we propose to begin the development of a 150,000 tpa methanol plant, to be known as Liberty TWO, also to be located in Charleston, West Virginia.
Methanol production process
Methanol can be obtained from fossil and renewable raw materials. The most relevant though is natural gas.
The feedstock, natural gas, is first preheated for removal of sulphur compounds (desulphurization). Preheated and desulphurized, natural gas is then catalytically reformed to produce synthesis gas which consists of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen.
In this step syngas reacts with the help of copper catalyst to produce crude methanol. Crude methanol generally contains water and small quantities of by-products.
High purity methanol is typically obtained through a two-column distillation system. The first column removes light ends, i.e. typically those impurities which are more volatile than methanol. The second column separates water and other by-products such as heavy alcohols, thus providing high quality methanol.