MOSCOW (MRC) -- Kaltim Methanol Industries (KMI) has shut its methanol plant in Indonesia, according to Apic-online.
A Polymerupdate source in Indonesia informed that the company has halted operations at its plant on December 20, 2015.
The unplanned outage has been attributed to a mechanical failure at the plant. The plant was under a maintenance turnaround for a period of around 6 weeks from mid-October 2015 till end-November 2015.
Located at Bontang in Indonesia, the plant has a production capacity of 660,000 mt/year.
As MRC wrote previously, in mid-August 2015, Petronas Chemicals, Malaysia’s state oil and gas company, shut its No. 2 methanol plant for maintenance turnaround. It remained off-stream for around 45 Days. Located at Labuan in Malaysia, the no. 2 methanol plant has a production capacity of 1.7 MMT/year.
We also remind that in October 2015, Mitsui & Co. announced that Fairway Methanol LLC, a 50-50 joint venture between Mitsui and US-based chemicals company Celanese, had commenced production of methanol at its planned annual production capacity of 1.3 million tons. In addition to access to reliable supplies of affordable gas feedstocks thanks to the US shale revolution, project officials also expect to benefit from the use of existing infrastructure belonging to Celanese situated in Pasadena, Texas.