ALSO KNOWN AS METHYL ALCOHOL OR WOOD ALCOHOL
What is Methanol…and how is it used?
Methanol is a liquid petrochemical made up of four parts hydrogen, one part oxygen, and one part carbon (CH3OH). In small amounts and low concentrations, it’s a “naturally occurring” substance, produced by living organisms, and manufactured from a variety of organic and inorganic sources. Today, methanol is typically manufactured commercially from natural gas in catalytic plants located in regions with plentiful hydrocarbon feed stock reserves such as the Persian Gulf, Caribbean, Africa, Russia, North and South America.
Because methanol production facilities and principle users span the globe, approximately 80 percent of the world’s annual methanol production is transported between continents by transoceanic shipping. Methanol is received and stored at marine terminals, then shipped by truck, rail, and barge to chemical production facilities and bulk distributors where it is stored in tank farms and repackaged into smaller containers. Tanker trucks and trailers complete the distribution network, delivering methanol to the wide range of final users in the methanol value chain.