Sonatrach and Total to sign USD5bn methanol plant contract in September 2012
Published Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:18 | Written by Amwal Al Ghad
Algeria's Sonatrach and France's Total will sign a contract for the Arzew methanol plant in Oran, Algeria, in September 2012, to coincide with the visit of new French president Francois Hollande to Algeria, a senior official told Zawya.
Hollande's visit will include a new round of negotiations between Total and Sonatrach on building the plant with a production capacity of 1.6 million tons per year. Construction is likely to begin early 2013, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Algeria "has been able to overcome the problem" of ethane supply to the plant from the Hassi Raml area by importing it from southern Algeria, the official said. According to the Zawya Projects Monitor, Sonalmeth, owned 49% by Sonatrach and 51% by Algerian Methanol Company, or Almet, plans to develop the greenfield methanol plant in the Arzew Industrial Zone in northwest Algeria. The project is part of Sonatrach's program to build six new petrochemical units.