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Celanese begins CO2-to-methanol operations in Texas

A CCU project has started operations to turn local and third-party CO2 emissions into low-carbon methanol for end use in production of consumer goods.

Celanese Corporation has begun running a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) project at its Clear Lake, Texas, site as part of its Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co., according to a news release.

The project is expected to capture 180,000 metric tons of CO2 industrial emissions and produce 130,000 metric tons of low-carbon methanol per year.

CO2 from both Celanese and third-party sources will be applied with hydrogen to chemically convert the captured CO2 into a methanol for downstream production, including of consumer goods like adhesives, packaging, toys, paints, and coatings.

The low-carbon input reduces traditional fossil fuel-based raw materials. Third-party sources account for 80% of the captured CO2 waste.

“Our globally-integrated value chain positions us to provide a wide range of solutions with carbon capture content across both our integrated Acetyl Chain as well as other methanol derived products like acetal copolymers (POM),” the release states.

The products will be launched under the ECO-CC name and be transparently supported through mass balance tracking and life cycle assessment processes.

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