Qatar methanol plant due carbon dioxide recovery plant

By OGJ editors

Qatar Fuel Additives Co. Ltd., Doha, has let a contract to MHI Industrial Engineering & Services Private Ltd. (MHIES) for construction of a plant to recover carbon dioxide from flue gas for use in methanol production in Mesaieed Industrial City.

The new plant will capture as much as 500 tonnes/day of CO2 from combustion exhaust emitted at Qatar Fuel Additives’ 2,500 tonne/day methanol plant. Separation and recovery will use a proprietary solvent and propriety recovery process of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), of which MHIES is a wholly owned subsidiary.

MIES will perform engineering, procurement, and construction. Mitsubishi Corp. will handle trade matters for MIES. MHI will license the technology through MIES.

Qatar Fuel Additives produces methanol with steam reforming of methane and methanol synthesis based on ICI technology. Qatar Petroleum supplies the methane. The methanol feeds an adjacent methyl tertiary butyl ether plant with capacity of 1,830 tonnes/day. That plant uses UOP technology and receives butane from Qatar Petroleum.

MHI said the Qatar plant will be first application of its CO2 recovery technology specifically targeting methanol production.

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