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Celanese plans methanol plant for Houston area  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Celanese Corp. Dallas, Tex.; www.celanese.com) plans to construct and operate a methanol production facility at its Clear Lake, Texas acetyl complex. As one of the world’s largest producers of acetyl products, the company plans to utilize its existing infrastructure to capture the opportunities created by abundant and affordable U.S. natural gas supplies. “The positive developments in the U.S. energy complex and the current and emerging natural gas surplus make it advantageous for us to produce our own methanol requirements for U.S. acetyl production,” says Mark Rohr, chairman and CEO of Celanese. “Utilizing existing Celanese infrastructure helps reduce capital requirements while capturing advantages of state-of-the-art technologies.” Following necessary approvals, Celanese intends to construct a 1.3 million metric ton per year facility with anticipated start-up after July 1, 2015. A significant portion of the methanol produced would be used to support the company’s current operations. The company expects to partner with one or more additional entities interested in the remaining methanol. The company currently produces acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer at the facility and is finalizing construction…
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