Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, today announced its intent to explore plans to construct a methanol production unit at the company’s Bishop, Texas, facility.
Celanese is preparing to apply for the necessary environmental construction permits for a methanol unit with an expected annual capacity of 1.3 million tons at the company’s Bishop facility. Construction of this unit in Bishop would be subject to receipt of economic incentives from government authorities. The methanol unit would utilize abundant, low-cost natural gas in the U.S. Gulf Coast region as a feedstock and would benefit from the existing infrastructure at the site.
The Bishop methanol unit would be similar in scope and scale to the methanol unit under construction at the company’s Clear Lake, Texas, integrated chemical plant.
“The strategic upstream production of methanol and the attractive economics of natural gas in the U.S. Gulf Coast region – combined with the infrastructure at our Bishop facility – make this a unique opportunity for Celanese,” said Mark Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer.
Celanese would also consider a joint venture structure for the Bishop methanol unit in a similar fashion to the joint venture methanol unit currently being constructed at the Clear Lake plant.
The company’s Bishop facility, located between the communities of Kingsville and Bishop, Texas, is a world class manufacturing site for specialty chemicals, engineered materials and pharmaceutical products. The plant, which operates continuously, has been recognized as a global leader in environmental, health and safety performance by numerous industry, state and federal organizations. Products manufactured at the Bishop facility include Celcon® acetal copolymer, formaldehyde and GUR® ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,400 employees worldwide and had 2013 net sales of $6.5 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit
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