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2015 China Methanol Industry Conference The China Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Association (CNFIA) will hold its annual China Methanol Industry Conference on May 19-21 at the Telecom Hotel in Kunming.  MI is a sponsor of the conference, which...

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PUMP the Movie Now Available on Netflix MI Member Fuel Freedom Foundation's documentary PUMP is available now on Netflix. If you're a Netflix subscriber and haven't seen the film yet, now you can do so for free. PUMP tells the story of...

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MI Engages Kai Zhou and Peking University as Chief... This week, MI CEO Greg Dolan and COO Chris Chatterton visited Beijing for a series of stakeholder engagement meetings. Today, MI signed a contract with Peking University's Center for Global New Energy...

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Vote for Methanol in the Marine Propulsion Awards! The annual Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary Machine Awards recognize those in the marine industry who best address the operational challenges facing ship operators today.  Voting for the awards is open...

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Stena Named 'Ship Owner of the Year' for Work Developing... The development of the world's first methanol powered RoRo ferry by the Stena Group, has been rewarded with a 'Ship Owner of the Year' title at the recent Green Ship Technology Conference (GST), held in...

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2015 China Methanol Industry Conference

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CNFIAThe China Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Association (CNFIA) will hold its annual China Methanol Industry Conference on May 19-21 at the Telecom Hotel in Kunming.  MI is a sponsor of the conference, which expects to attract 150-200 Chinese and international business executives and government officials.

The conference will focus on the latest development and application of coal gasification technology, methanol production technology, equipment, catalysts, and water treatment.  CNFIA will also publish its 2014 methanol industry statistical data, analyze the performance of the Chinese methanol industry in 2014 and forecasted 2015 market trends.

Chris Chatterton, MI’s Chief Operating Officer, and Jason Chesko, Senior Manager for Global Market Development at MI member company Methanex and Chairman of MI’s Global Fuel Blending Committee (GFBC) will be among the featured speakers at the conference, which will also include presentations by PetroChina, China Shenhua Energy Company, and other leading methanol industry stakeholders.

Chris and Kai Zhao, MI’s China Chief Representative, will also have meetings with senior government officials and stakeholders around the conference in Hong Kong and China (Beijing, Tianjin, Taiyuan) between May 12-22.

To learn more about the CNFIA conference and/or to register, please go here

PUMP the Movie Now Available on Netflix

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MI Member Fuel Freedom Foundation’s documentary PUMP is available now on Netflix. If you’re a Netflix subscriber and haven’t seen the film yet, now you can do so for free.PUMP Netflix

PUMP tells the story of America’s oil addiction, and points the way to a cleaner, domestically-produced, and more-affordable fuel future.
Additionally, MI will be sending out a DVD copy of PUMP to each of our member companies, along with copies of our newly printed 2015 edition of Methanol Milestones.This year’s Milestones features stories on our collaboration with the L.I.A.M Charitable Foundation to save lives and prevent bootleg alcohol poisoning in Indonesia, methanol as the marine fuel of choice of the future, the resurgence of the domestic methanol industry in the United States, Carbon dioxide recovery technology and more.  The electronic version of Milestones can be downloaded and shared here.

MI Engages Kai Zhou and Peking University as Chief China Representative

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Dolan at CPCIFThis week, MI CEO Greg Dolan and COO Chris Chatterton visited Beijing for a series of stakeholder engagement meetings.

Today, MI signed a contract with Peking University’s Center for Global New Energy Strategy Studies to engage Kai Zhao, CGNESS Academic Board Office Director as MI’s China Chief Representative.  Kai will be replacing Patrick Zhao who resigned from the retained position last month to pursue other opportunities.  Peking University is widely known as the “Harvard of China,” and CGNESS provides key policy leadership for the advancement of methanol energy applications across the country.  Kai presented last year at MI’s Washington Methanol Policy Forum and QAFAC’s Middle East Methanol Forum in Doha.

Greg Dolan presented on Wednesday at the China Petrochemical and Chemical Industry Federation’s Petrochemical Industry Development Conference on “Public Policy: Driving Global Methanol Fuel Developments.”  Greg and Chris meet with key officials from the China Alcohol and Clean Ether Fuel and Automobile Association and China Nitrogen Fertilizer Association.  They also met with China representatives from member companies Methanex and BP Chemicals.  Today, Greg and Chris, along with Kai Zhao meet with Dr. WANG Wenyuan, Division Director of the National Methanol-Fueled Vehicle Leading Office of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and representatives from the China Internal Combustion Engine Industry Association to discuss China’s methanol vehicle pilot program and opportunities for joint research efforts with MI and its member companies.

Vote for Methanol in the Marine Propulsion Awards!

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Marine PropulsionThe annual Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary Machine Awards recognize those in the marine industry who best address the operational challenges facing ship operators today.  Voting for the awards is open to the public through March 31.

MI member company Methanex’s wholly owned subsidiary Waterfront Shipping has been shortlisted in the “Shipowner Efficiency Award” category for new build ships it has commissioned that will be built with MAN ME-LGI flex engines running on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil. Waterfront Shipping’s new ships will showcase methanol-based fuel as a promising alternative that reduces emissions and fuel costs.  Vote for Waterfront Shipping here.

Additionally, MAN Diesel & Turbo is nominated in the “Marine Engines Award” category for the ME-LGI (Liquid Gas Injection) engines which will power the Waterfront Shipping vessels.  The ME-LGI enables the use of fuels such as methanol. A Booster Fuel Injection Valve uses 300 bar hydraulic power to raise the fuel pressure to injection pressure.   The LGI engine can handle low-flash-point, low-sulphur fuels, with emissions of sulphur being almost completely eliminated.  Vote for MAN here.

Stena Named ‘Ship Owner of the Year’ for Work Developing Methanol Powered Stena Germanica

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FullSizeRenderThe development of the world’s first methanol powered RoRo ferry by the Stena Group, has been rewarded with a ‘Ship Owner of the Year’ title at the recent Green Ship Technology Conference (GST), held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Awards for the freight and logistics sector this week include environmental, social and performance related accolades spread across Europe.

The prize is awarded for ‘innovative new technology presented since 1 January 2014 that represents an advance for the marine environment’ and the jury selected the conversion of the Stena Germanica (the methanol bunker station for which is pictured above) on the grounds that it was ‘a strong 3rd alternative that is developing to meet the specific challenge of sustainable sea transport within the Emission Control Area (ECA)’.
Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO of Stena Line stated “We are naturally delighted about the jury naming our methanol project as the winner of this year’s GST Award. It is an important project, both for us as a company and for the entire industry, as we need more long-term sustainable fuel alternatives in order to remain competitive. We want to thank our partners Wärtsilä, MI member company Methanex, the Port of Gothenburg and the Port of Kiel.”  More information can be found here.

MI-LIAM Lifesaving Initiatives at Bali International Airport

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LIAM AIRPORT IMAGEDenpasar, Bali – The MI-LIAM Charitable Fund Community Education Program (CEP) just achieved significant public awareness at the Denpasar (Bali) International Airport.  LIAM staff in Bali were able to secure permission from local airport and health authorities to display bilingual banners in the Arrivals Hall of Denpasar Airport, just in front of the airport’s medical clinic.

The banners advise visitors and locals returning to Bali about the dangers of consuming adulterated alcoholic beverages, how to identify symptoms of suspected methanol poisoning, and where to seek treatment.

MI and LIAM view this as a significant win that will help to foster greater awareness of adulterated beverages and to better enable visitors and locals in Bali to protect their health. MI recently secured a speaking opportunity for The LIAM Foundation at the upcoming Enmore (CBI) 10th International MeOH Week 2015 in Bali on June 4-5.  Lhani & Tim Davies and local LIAM staff will present on the work they have been doing, similarly to the presentation which Lhani and Tim gave at the IMPCA Singapore conference in November.

Dom LaVigne from MI’s Singapore office commented, “Given the tremendous work being done in Bali under the MI-LIAM CEP, we felt it was very important and timely to have discussions on consumption of methanol and related health effects included at the conference, and also as a way to inform delegates to make smart choices if they choose to consume alcoholic beverages while staying in Bali.”

State of California Approves DME for Legal Use as a Vehicle Fuel

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Oberon LogoMI Member Company Oberon Fuels, Inc., the first company to produce fuel-grade dimethyl ether (DME) in North America, announced today that DME is now approved for use as vehicle fuel in the state of California. This latest approval builds on earlier approvals and ongoing work by other regulatory bodies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, and ASTM International, and will help accelerate commercial adoption of this low carbon fuel.

“The use of fuels like DME will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve air quality and lead to a positive impact on California and the environment,” said Kristin Macey, director of the Division of Measurement Standards at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which issued the latest approval of DME fuel.

DME is a clean-burning, non-toxic fuel that can be derived from renewable sources. Its high cetane number and quiet combustion, as well as its inexpensive propane-like fueling system, make it an excellent, inexpensive diesel alternative.

“The State of California’s approval builds upon the growing body of certifications that demonstrate DME is a low carbon fuel that meets both industry standards for performance and environmental standards for compliance,” said Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., president of Oberon Fuels. “These approvals are a key step in increasing confidence among distributors, engine manufacturers and fleet owners that DME is ready for commercial markets, which will benefit Oberon as we build out a global supply of DME fuel.”

The State of California’s legalization of DME for use as vehicle fuel is the latest milestone for the growing DME industry. Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board published their Multimedia Assessment Tier 1 report on DME, which evaluates publicly available data on the effect of DME on air, soil, and water.

Last August, the EPA approved biogas-based DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard and made it eligible for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) credits based on EPA findings that the fuel achieves a 68 percent reduction in greenhouse gases.

In February 2014, ASTM International, a globally recognized organization that develops technical standards, released a specification for DME as a fuel. ASTM D7901 provides guidance for fuel producers, engine and component suppliers, and infrastructure developers on DME purity, testing, safety, and handling.  More information can be found here

Methanol Fueled Stena Germanica Completes Fire Safety Assessments

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stena-germanica-3-dd702f10-78a4-4c5d-8700-9db2b349a05aThe world’s first ship to run on methanol will soon sail international waters after the fire risk assessment by SP Fire Research was approved. Methanol has long been handled with traditional fire protection in cargo pump-rooms on tankers, but a deeper understanding of the fuel called for a new approach to design fire safety.

The fire risk assessment, based on SOLAS regulation 17 “Alternative design and arrangements, was conducted as part of the conversion project involving Stena, classification society Lloyd’s Register, Wärtsilä and ship designer ScandiNaos.

The vessel’s new fire safety design was approved by the Swedish flag last month, with fire protection installations commencing at the end of the month. According to SP, Stena believes that by managing each introduced fire hazard, safety has been not only maintained but improved during the conversion for methanol.

“The findings in this project and planed future research will facilitate for safer conversions to alternative and more environmentally friendly ship fuels,” said Franz Evegren, fire researcher, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

Stena opted to convert Germanica to methanol in order to meet emission requirements in the Baltic Sea and avoid exhaust treatment. The fuel is easier to transport and handle than LNG as it is liquid at room temperature.  More information can be found here

MI Hires Chris Chatterton as Singapore-based COO

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Christopher ChattertonThe Methanol Institute (MI) has hired Christopher Chatterton to serve as its Chief Operating Officer based in MI’s Singapore headquarters.

Mr. Chatterton has more than 20 years of professional experience as a C-level director of companies located in Ukraine, Singapore, Russia, and Kazakhstan.  He has particular expertise in creating and developing new operations within the energy, bio-fuels, and agricultural sectors.  He has led efforts to develop crude in Western Siberia, traded palm oil from South East Asia to the UK and Netherlands for biodiesel production, pioneered the privatization of Russia’s power generation market, and led acquisitions for petrol station networks as well as renewable energy technologies including fuels cells and heat pumps.
Mr. Chatterton’s career includes having served as regional CEO for D1 Oils PLC Asia Pacific based in Singapore.  In this capacity, he oversaw the company’s operations in eight markets in China and Southeast Asia.  He managed 12 direct and 50 indirect staff, and more than 1,000 contractors and was instrumental in setting up a global joint venture and securing two additional financial offerings totaling US$52 million.

 

During the interview process, Mr. Chatterton demonstrated an excellent understanding of global energy and petrochemical industry dynamics.  He also has an entrepreneurial approach to business development that will be well suited to MI’s efforts to expand methanol markets and membership, particularly in the Asia Pacific, Central Asia and Middle East regions.  Mr. Chatterton looks to have a management style that is well-suited to a small trade association like MI.
Chris Chatterton will be starting with MI on Monday 16 February in the Singapore office, and is planning to attend the MI Board of Directors meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday 1 April.   We are very pleased to welcome Chris to the MI team!

Methanex Starts Production at Geismar Plant

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Methanex Logo New AgilityMI member company Methanex, the world’s largest methanol producer, has announced that on January 24th, 2015, the company successfully produced the first methanol from its new 1.0 million tonne plant in Geismar, Louisiana. The plant was relocated from the Company’s production site in Punta Arenas, Chile.

John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, “We are pleased to announce that our Geismar 1 plant has successfully started up on schedule and is producing methanol. We expect the plant to ramp up to full production rates over the coming weeks. This accomplishment marks another key milestone in our 2013 commitment to grow our operating capacity by approximately three million tonnes over three years, and it will support our continued growth and strategic focus on global methanol leadership. We continue to make excellent progress on the construction of our one million tonne Geismar 2 plant, and remain on target for methanol production from that facility in late Q1 2016.”

Mr. Floren added, “Our team has done an excellent job of keeping this complex undertaking of relocating two plants from Chile to Louisiana on schedule. The Responsible Care and safety performance during the different phases of the project has also been outstanding, showing that excellent results can be achieved with commitment and dedication. This project clearly demonstrates ‘The Power of Agility™’ within our organization. A sincere thanks to all of the team members throughout the organization who have worked so hard to achieve this important milestone.”  More information can be found here.