All tough most news on this website relates to large scale methanol production, preferably from renewable sources, and marine applications for methanol as fuel the news about small scale production units is certainly of interest. 

Maverick Synfuels and PPE, Inc. has announced a partnership to manufacture and sell small-scale Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) methanol plants. The skid-mounted plants has a capacity of between 13-44 m3 (3000 – 10 000 gallons) methanol per day. 

"PPE and Maverick have solved the puzzle of low-cost methanol production with our small-scale GTL platform," said Jeff Harrison, Chief Engineering Officer of Maverick Synfuels. "This partnership accelerates the deployment of Maverick's commercialization strategy and economic pathway to revenue."

The press release report that the first methanol plant from the PPE/Maverick partnership is destined for deployment at a large-scale dairy in the upper Midwest where Maverick will leverage the synergies between three existing anaerobic digesters. “A proven supply of low-cost biogas combined with the transportation logistics and operational synergies gives Maverick a substantial economic advantage in this market,” said Harrison.

Read more at EIN NEWSDESK or at Maverick Synfuels


Newly discovered catalyst could lead to the low-cost, clean production of methanol

Scientists from Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Technical University of Denmark have discovered a catalyst for methanol production that could lower the cost of methanol production. 

The catalyst is based on nickel-gallium instead of the commonly used copper, zinc and aluminum based catalyst.

"Methanol is processed in huge factories at very high pressures using hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from natural gas," said study lead author Felix Studt, a staff scientist at SLAC. "We are looking for materials than can make methanol from clean sources, such as sunshine, under low-pressure conditions, while generating low amounts of carbon monoxide."

The results are published in the March 2 online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry.

Read more at Stanford University news page.

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced a contract with Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) to build and charter four methanol carriers. The new ships will replace older vessels. 

“Global demand for methanol is expected to grow and MOL will continue expanding its services to meet the needs of a broad range of customers, building on its extensive experience and know-how as a worldwide leader in methanol transport,” MOL said in a statement.

MOL previously signed a deal with Waterfront Shipping to build two (with an option for one additional) methanol carriers with flexi fuel engines able to operate on methanol.

Press release

Out of the six methanol tankers that was ordered last year four are set to be classified by DNV GL. It is the ones ordered by Marinvest and Westfal-Larsen. The ships will be built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards in South Korea.

DNV GL is first of the classification societies to publish tentative rules for low flashpoint fuels.



Waterfront Shipping, a subsidiary to Methanex Coproration, has reached an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Westfal-Larsen & Co A/S (WL) and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest to build six new ships to be delivered during 2016.

The 50,000 dwt ships will be equipped with MAN ME-LGI flexi fuel engines. In addition to the three ordered ships there is an option for building an additional three.

"We are very excited to continue investing in methanol-based marine fuel. This announcement reinforces our commitment to continue investing in sustainable technology. Methanol is a sulfur-free fuel that provides many environmental and clean burning benefits. With fuel prices increasing and upcoming shipping regulations requiring the use of cleaner marine fuel, methanol-based fuel is a promising alternative which reduces emissions and fuel costs," stated Jone Hognestad, President, Waterfront Shipping.

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