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IPF Explores Global Methanol Value Chain

IPF Explores Global Methanol Value Chain
(Wednesday, May 3, 2023) 00:07

TEHRAN (NIPNA) -- Industry experts gathered at the 14th Iran Petrochemical Forum to discuss the latest developments in the production, market, and completion processes of the methanol value chain worldwide.

The specialized meeting "Petrochemical Industry and Related Value Chains" featured presentations on the future of methanol production and trade, including predictions of an 18% increase in production and a 28% increase in global trade by 2027.

According to Hamidreza Chaichi, Head of Zagros Petrochemical Market Sales and Development, Iran faces tougher competition in the global market as China becomes the main producer of methanol.

Chaichi added that Iran's methanol production capacity will increase, and it will become the world's largest exporter of the product.

The Middle East currently holds the title for the largest exporter of methanol, with an annual production of 18.1 million tons, 17.8 million of which are exported.

The conference also explored the potential for fuel production from methanol.

Seyed Jaafar Bagkhani, Director of the Value Chain Development Center, highlighted the use of methanol to produce hydrogen and its use in hydrogen supply stations. This process reduces investment costs for hydrogen production by 20% and is being developed in China.

Bagkhani also pointed out that the global approach to the use of methanol in fuel is a developing policy principle, with China leading the way in converting methanol to paraxylene, which can be used by collectors interested in the aromatic field.

The IPF discussions provided valuable insights into the future of the methanol value chain and the opportunities for fuel production from this versatile chemical. As the industry continues to grow, experts expect to see increased competition and innovation in the market.

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