Source: US State of West Virginia
“Pleasants County already feels like home to us and we look forward to working with everyone to bring this project through construction and into operation,” Scott continued.
The chosen site, which formerly housed an industrial plant, has road, rail, and river transportation access, is near a major natural gas pipeline, and has all other required utilities on-site or nearby, making it an ideal location for methanol production. The site is also conveniently located for regional methanol customers who currently transport methanol from the U.S. Gulf Coast or from other countries.
“We are delighted by West Virginia Methanol’s planned project within our mid-Ohio valley region,” said West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton. “Methanol is an important component for numerous industrial products. Further, it is a vital feedstock for many of the chemical companies throughout West Virginia and the tri-state region. As the Chair of the Governor’s Downstream Jobs Task Force, I’m proud that we’ll be retaining more natural gas within the state and converting it to valuable product, employing great West Virginia workers in the process.”
West Virginia Methanol has selected Haldor Topsoe for the supply of the main methanol units’ engineering, procurement, fabrication, and assembly. West Virginia Methanol is planning to use three MeOH-To-Go plant units based on Topsoe’s technology, in collaboration with Modular Plant Solutions, to convert natural gas to methanol.
“We are extremely pleased that West Virginia Methanol Inc. has chosen Topsoe’s MeOH-To-Go for this exciting project,” said Amy Hebert, Deputy CEO. “The MeOH-To-Go process is based on proven, robust, and safe technology. It features a modularized design that is fabricated offsite and transported to the site where it is assembled. This lowers cost and shortens the time from investment decision to first methanol production. The MeOH-TO-Go technology is the fastest route to monetizing the rich natural gas resources in West Virginia.”
“The Pleasants County Development Authority is proud to have played a role in the arrival of such a substantial project,” said Diane Braun, executive director of the Pleasants County Development Authority. Pleasants County has a rich history, centered in the growth of the chemical industry. That history has spawned a well-trained and reliable workforce here. We are especially pleased to welcome West Virginia Methanol to our commercial community. It is exciting to be part of an enduring partnership that can amplify our joint commitment to the manufacturing sector.”