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Methanol

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 6
Summary 8
Manufacturing processes 11
Synthesis gas formation 11
Reforming of natural gas and naphtha 11
Partial oxidation of heavy feedstocks 12
Synthesis gas from coal 12
Synthesis gas from petroleum coke 12
Synthesis gas–to–methanol processes 13
Low-pressure processes 13
High-pressure processes 14
Liquid-phase technologies 14
Direct oxidation of methane to methanol 14
Mega-methanol plants 14
Other sources of methanol 15
Major cost components 15
Supply and demand by region 16
World 16
Capacity 16
Producing companies 17
Salient statistics 19
Consumption 21
Formaldehyde 23
Fuel applications 23
Acetic acid 25
Methanol-to-olefins/methanol-to-propylene 25
Methyl methacrylate 26
Other applications 27
Methylamines 27
Dimethyl terephthalate 27
Chloromethanes 28
Solvents 28
Antifreeze 28
Glycol methyl ethers 29
Price 29
Trade 29
North America 31
Overview 31
Capacity 31
Salient statistics 32
Consumption 33
Trade 34
United States 35
Producing companies 35
Salient statistics 37
Consumption 37
Trade 39
Canada 40
Producing companies 40
Salient statistics 41
Consumption 42
Trade 43
Mexico 44
Producing companies 44
Salient statistics 45
Consumption 46
Trade 47
South America 48
Producing companies 48
Salient statistics 50
Consumption 50
Trade 52
Western Europe 53
Producing companies 53
Salient statistics 54
Consumption 55
Trade 57
Central Europe 57
Producing companies 57
Salient statistics 58
Consumption 59
Trade 60
CIS and Baltic States 61
Producing companies 61
Salient statistics 63
Consumption 64
Trade 66
Middle East 66
Producing companies 67
Salient statistics 68
Consumption 69
Trade 71
Africa 71
Producing companies 72
Salient statistics 73
Consumption 74
Trade 76
Indian Subcontinent 77
Producing companies 77
Salient statistics 78
Consumption 78
Trade 80
Northeast Asia 81
Overview 81
Capacity 81
Salient statistics 81
Consumption 81
Trade 83
China 84
Producing companies 84
Salient statistics 92
Consumption 92
Trade 95
Japan 95
Producing companies 95
Salient statistics 96
Consumption 96
Trade 98
South Korea 98
Producing companies 98
Salient statistics 98
Consumption 99
Trade 101
Taiwan 101
Producing companies 101
Salient statistics 101
Consumption 102
Trade 103
Southeast Asia 104
Producing companies 104
Salient statistics 106
Consumption 107
Trade 109
Additional resources 110
Revisions 112
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