By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 9 -- Total SA and China Power Investment Corp. have agreed to study construction of a petrochemical plant based on methanol derived from coal in China.
They signed a letter of understanding in a step toward construction of a facility in Inner Mongolia that would produce 1 million tonnes/year of polyolefins, starting after 2015.
Total said it would contribute expertise in producing olefins from methanol as well as an olefins-cracking process it has tested at a purpose-built semicommercial plant in Feluy, Belgium. It also will study capture and storage of carbon dioxide with knowledge it has gained from a pilot project in Lacq, France.