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California-based company plans methanol plants in West Virginia

HOUSTON, August 17, 2016 (PCW) -– US Methanol is planning to build two methanol plants in West Virginia with the first going into service as soon as next July.

The first plant from the California-based start-up is expected to be a relocated facility from Brazil, which will find a new home in Kanawha County. Construction in West Virginia is expected to begin in November, according to the governor’s office.

The first plant is expected to have a capacity of 175,000 mt/yr (385 million lbs/yr). US Methanol’s planned second plant is expected to have the same capacity, but its specific location has not been announced.

These are not the only methanol plants planned outside of the Gulf and West Coasts. In May, Primus Green Energy it had signed an offtake agreement with Tauber Oil for production from its planned 58,400 mt/yr (128 million lbs/yr) methanol facility in the Marcellus Shale region. Start-up is expected in 4Q 2017.

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