Marcellus shale due first methanol plant

Primus Green Energy Inc. (PGE), Hillsborough, NJ, has signed an offtake agreement with methanol distributor Tauber Oil Co., Houston, to sell production from PGE’s planned gas-to-liquids methanol plant in the Marcellus shale.

Tauber Oil will offtake all 160 tonnes/day of methanol production from the plant, which will be the first in the region to convert low-cost Marcellus feedstock into methanol, PGE said.

As part of the agreement, Tauber Oil subsidiary Interconn Resources will supply natural gas to PGE’s plant.

The plant’s first 160-tonne/day production train is scheduled for startup in fourth-quarter 2017, PGE said.

PGE, which has future plans to add another three trains that would expand the site’s total methanol production capacity to 640 tonnes/day, said it will reveal the proposed plant’s precise location in the coming months.

The plant will be equipped with PGE’s proprietary gas-to-methanol STG+ process technology.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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