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July 1, 2014

The Changing Role of Methanol

As methanol becomes a more important building block, technology providers are improving catalysts and processes to make much more of it — economically

Gerald Ondrey

Since the turn of the new millennium, considerable changes have been taking place in the methanol sector. About ten years ago, methanol plans in the U.S. were being shuttered, while new ones, with much larger capacity — the so-called mega-methanol plants, with capacities of 5,000 metric tons per day (m.t./d), were being constructed in regions of the world with abundant, inexpensive natural gas. Today, the situation has changed dramatically, and continues to evolve....

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