PRODUCING HIGH-QUALITY CHEMICAL-GRADE METHANOL, RELIABLY, AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.
Important basic chemicals
Methanol produced by US Methanol is one of the most important basic chemicals in the petrochemical industry. It provides the basis for a wide range of products used in almost all areas of modern life. The organic chemical compound produced in our methanol plants is the simplest type of alcohol.
At room temperature, methanol is a clear, colorless, flammable, and volatile liquid. Methanol is generally obtained from fossil fuels. In our methanol plants, natural gas is used as feedstock.
Methanol can be used in many different applications. For example, not only does it play a major role in the chemical industry and petrochemicals, it has also become an indispensable energy source. Methanol is used in the energy sector in its pure form or mixed with other fuels. It is also employed in producing fuels.
US Methanol is committed to produce a quality product and to become ISO certified within three years after producing its first methanol.
We will be participating in REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances) consortium to make sure that US Methanol is compliant with both REACH and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) requirements.
STEADY PRESENCE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
Methanol and methanol-based products are widely used in everyday life. With our world scale methanol plants, we contribute to producing a large number of industrial commodities such as plastics, varnishes, medicines, adhesives, and textiles.
METHANOL THE PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY
In the petrochemical industry methanol is used to create numerous high-quality basic chemicals. In terms of quantity, the most important are formaldehyde, acetic acid, MTBE, methyl methacrylate, methyl chloride and methylamines, which are themselves processed to produce further derivatives.
METHANOL AS AN ENERGY CARRIER
In addition, methanol's role as energy carrier is growing strongly. In the energy sector, methanol is either used directly as a fuel or as a raw material for petrochemical conversion into other fuels. Above all, a constantly increasing percentage has been used in recent years as an additive for other fuels or for producing biodiesel.
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 (“syngas”) 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 byproducts.
High-purity methanol is typically obtained through a three-column distillation system. The first column removes light ends—typically, impurities more volatile than methanol. The second column separates water and other byproducts such as heavy alcohols. The third column provides the final separation of methanol from water. This results in a high-quality methanol product.
COA will be available when production starts
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