Methanol and Dimethyl Ether Plant Mitsubishi Gas Chemical: Agreement for the Construction

Editor: Gabriele Ilg

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC), Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), have signed an agreement with state-owned National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) and Massy for the construction of a methanol and dimethyl ether plant.

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(Source: MGC)

Trinidad and Tobago — They have concluded contracts for EPC (engineering, procurement and construction), gas supply, and relevant land leases. Discussions are currently underway with a syndicate of Japanese banks for finalizing the loan agreement.

Methanol is made mainly from natural gas and is used in a wide range of products, including adhesive agents, agricultural chemicals, paints, synthetic resins, and synthetic raw materials. Dimethyl ether can be used as a substitute for LPG or as a substitute for diesel in automobiles and in power generation, and has therefore been receiving a lot of attention as a source of next-generation clean energy.

Methanol produced under the project will be marketed worldwide by MGC, MC and Massy. The partners will also work closely with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to promote the use of dimethyl ether as a substitute for diesel in Trinidad and Tobago and in other Caribbean countries. Plant design and construction will be undertaken by MHI under an EPC contract with the parties.

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