Could China spur US Methanol?

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Report summary

Will the US become a net exporter of methanol? Are the Chinese-backed projects at risk now that crude oil has been low for more than a year? Can the Iranian methanol compete with the US? One thing is certain; the US methanol revival is imminent.

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Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction to US Methanol
    • Methanex – Geismar, LA (2 Phases)
    • Celanese/Mitsui – Clear Lake, TX
    • Natgasoline (OCI) – Nederland, TX
    • South Louisiana Methanol - St. James Parish, LA
    • G2X – Lake Charles, LA
    • Yuhuang Chemical (YCI) – St. James Parish, LA (Three Phases)
    • Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) – Port Westward, OR (2 Phases)
    • Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) – Port of Kalama, WA (2 Phases)
  • Why does China need methanol?
  • Are the MTP/MTO processes still economically viable?
  • Will the Chinese-backed methanol projects in the US be built?

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:


  • China MTO Project Outlook
  • Iran Methanol Project Outlook
  • US methanol projects that are not included in the base case


  • US Methanol Imports
  • Typical Cost Composition of Olefin Production in China
  • Cash Cost Composition in 2014
  • Cash Cost Competition in 2015
  • US Methanol Production Capacity and Gas Demand Outlook

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