Linde has started supplying clean hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide (CO2) to chemical company Celanese for the production of lower carbon methanol in Texas, US.
The CO2 has been captured from Linde’s carbon monoxide and hydrogen production facility in Clear Lake, Texas.
Both the hydrogen and CO2, along with other CO2 sources, will be used as a feedstock to produce methanol with a “lower carbon intensity” at Celanese’s Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co.
Other industrial gases including carbon monoxide and oxygen are already supplied to Celanese by Linde’s site and its US Gulf Coast pipeline system.
Earlier this month (January 2024), Fairway Methanol started methanol production using CO2 captured from Celanese’s Clear Lake site, which was expected to produce 130,000 tonnes of methanol per year, while capture 180,000 tonnes of CO2.
Mark Murray, Senior Vice-President of Acetyls at Celanese, said the company was meeting the challenge to produce products with a lower carbon footprint by using CO2 that would have otherwise been emitted.
“We are pleased to work with Linde in our journey to reduce the carbon intensity of methanol, a raw material widely used in many everyday products,” he said.
Amer Akhras, Vice-President South Region at Linde, said, “We are proud to expand our existing relationship with Celanese by investing in our Clear Lake facility to enable the production of essential chemicals with a lower carbon intensity.”
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