Primus Green Energy has announced plans to develop and deliver a 160 MT/day methanol plant to an undisclosed site in Marcellus shale gas region in north eastern USA. Production from the site is expected to begin in 2017.

The small scale plant takes advantage of local gas supply on remote locations where a pipeline network would not be viable. It is thought to be cost competitive with the large plants located in other parts of North America.

The modular design of the plant will allow for gradual increase of capacity to 640 MT/day during the following years. The company have plans to deliver up to four additional plants ranging from 160 MT to 640 MT capacities following the completion of the first plant.

Primus Green Energy press release [direct link]