OCI Global, which produces and distributes ammonia, fertiliser, and methanol, has partnered with energy services company Petrofac for a programme to deliver gasification-based green methanol projects. The programme will support production of low-carbon feedstock for OCI’s existing methanol facilities.
Green methanol can be produced via biomass gasification to replace natural gas-based production, which currently accounts for the majority of 98m t/y produced, according to a 2021 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency.
OCI will work with Petrofac exclusively to design a standardised gasification process, as well as a modular design of new waste-fed facilities. Petrofac will use its engineering, procurement, and project management expertise to support delivery of OCI’s low-carbon methanol programme.
Bashir Lebada, CEO of OCI’s methanol and fuels business, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Petrofac in the design and delivery of our green methanol ambitions. This is another important step in scaling green methanol and hydrogen technologies and increasing our supply base to service the rapidly increasing demand we see from marine and road fuels. Our partnership with Petrofac will allow us to accelerate delivery of these important green transportation fuels.”
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