Lake Charles Methanol Plans $3.2B Louisiana Plant
02.21.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

February 21, 2024 [Construction Dive]- Lake Charles will use auto thermal gas reforming technology and carbon capture to produce low-carbon hydrogen, which will be converted to methanol. The process will transform natural gas and renewable gas feedstocks into hydrogen, according to the release.


Lake Charles plans to work with a third party to capture and sequester about one million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, but did not specify the partner it plans to work with.

Methanol is used to produce various products and materials, including plastics, coatings, automotive electronics, foam materials, inks, paint, adhesives, caulk and rubber tires.

The Lake Charles project is part of the chemical maker’s strategy to produce low-carbon methanol, dubbed “blue methanol” that leverages clean hydrogen and carbon capture processes to avoid the release of greenhouse gases.

“The project will deliver substantial tangible economic benefits to local communities while providing an environmentally beneficial blue methanol product to facilitate the transition to low-carbon chemicals and fuels,” LCM President and CEO Donald Maley said in a statement.

In addition to upcoming manufacturing positions, the project is expected to create up to 2,300 construction jobs.

The creation of the Lake Charles project has been several years in the making. In 2016, the Department of Energy committed up to $2 billion for the chemical maker’s low-carbon methanol facility. The funding was part of the department’s Advanced Fossil Energy Project, meant to boost domestic advanced fossil energy production that can reduce, avoid or separate greenhouse gases.


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