Trinidad methanol plant almost finished; start-up mid-2019

Construction of a new methanol plant in Trinidad and Tobago is in the final stages and could start up as early as mid-2019.

The 1m tonne/year plant at La Brea, in southwestern Trinidad, is 90% finished, according to a statement from owner Caribbean Gas Chemical Limited (CGCL). The plant will also include 20,000 tonne/year capacity for dimethyl ether (DME).

Construction originally was expected to wind up by early December on the $1bn project, which is a joint venture between three Mitsubishi firms (Mitsubishi Corp, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries), Trinidad’s state-run utility and Trinidad-based Massy Holdings.

CGCL did not cite a final completion date but said the plant is in the “pre-commissioning phase” and that the original March 2019 start-up date has been pushed to June because of construction delays. Read more…

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