VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2012) - Methanex Corporation (TSX:MX)(NASDAQ:MEOH)(SANTIAGO:Methanex) announced today that it has secured land in Geismar, Louisiana, and is planning to move one of its idle methanol plants in Chile to this location. Site-specific engineering has begun and the plant is expected to be operational in the second half of 2014.
Bruce Aitken, President and CEO of Methanex commented, "The outlook for low North American natural gas prices makes Louisiana an attractive location in which to produce methanol. It is also a large methanol-consuming region, possesses world-class infrastructure, skilled workers and is a positive environment in which to do business. We have a number of parallel work paths ongoing and expect to make a final investment decision on this project in the third quarter of this year."
Mr. Aitken added, "This project represents a unique opportunity in the industry to add capacity at a lower capital cost and in about half the time of a new greenfield methanol plant. The timing of this project is excellent: there is strong demand growth for methanol globally and there is little new production capacity being added to the industry over the next several years."
Methanex is a Vancouver-based, publicly traded company and is the world's largest supplier of methanol to major international markets. Methanex shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol "MX"; on the NASDAQ Global Market in the United States under the trading symbol "MEOH"; and on the Foreign Securities Market of the Santiago Stock Exchange in Chile under the trading symbol "Methanex". Methanex can be visited online at www.methanex.com.
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-- expected demand for methanol and its derivatives, -- expected new methanol supply, -- expected re-start date of our relocated methanol plant, -- ability to obtain natural gas for our relocated methanol plant on commercially acceptable terms, -- expected capital cost to restart our relocated methanol plant, -- anticipated production rates of our restarted methanol plant, -- expected operating costs, including natural gas feedstock costs and logistics costs of our restarted methanol plant, -- ability to successfully execute the relocation of our idled methanol plant, -- expected global or regional economic activity (including industrial production levels).
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-- success of natural gas exploration and development and our ability to procure economically priced natural gas in the United States, -- production rates of our relocated methanol plant, -- receipt or issuance of governmental and regulatory consents or approvals, including without limitation, environmental permits, required in order to operate the relocated methanol plant, -- global and regional economic activity (including industrial production levels), -- absence of a material negative impact from changes in laws or regulations.
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