SINOPEC Begins operation of its first M100 filling station in Guiyang

On the 4th of July, a filling station owned by the Sinopec Guiyang Oil Product Company began to pump M100 methanol fuel, marking a breakthrough for M100 in the Guiyang market. To control air pollution in Guiyang, the municipal government has begun to promote M100. The new Nanming Lengku filling station is the first filling station […]

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DME Qualifies for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Financial Incentives in First U.S. State

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a transportation investment package providing financial incentives for the purchase of commercial vehicles using a “clean alternative fuel” and that specifies dimethyl ether as one of the alternative fuels that qualify for such benefits. The legislation provides businesses with tax credits for the purchase or conversion […]

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Methanol Fueled Vehicle to Attempt Land-Speed Record

As it currently stands, the land-speed record for two-wheeled vehicles at the Bonneville Salt Flats stands at 376.36 miles per hour. That mark was set in 2010 by the Ack Attack team, using power derived from Suzuki. This August, well-known motorcycle rider and television personality Guy Martin hopes to top that figure. If Guy Martin and Triumph reach their 400-mph goal, they […]

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Drive DMACK GEM Fueled Rally Poland

Marius Aasen clinched his maiden Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy victory with a thrilling win at Lotos Rally Poland on 5 July – the result giving him a two-point lead at the top of the championship standings. Norwegian Aasen, aged 23, and co-driver Veronica Engan kept their cool in the searing hot temperatures to beat off […]

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MI to Host European Methanol Policy Forum – October 13-14 / Brussels

Following successful Methanol Policy Forums in 2012 and 2014 in Washington, DC, MI will now hold the inaugural European Methanol Policy Forum in the center of Brussels in the vicinity of the European Parliament October 13-14 2015. Global growth for methanol demand is primarily driven by oil displacement. Several governments around the world have recognised the […]

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Methanol Heavy Duty Workshop Held in Beijing

On June 17, MI co-held a Methanol Heavy Duty Workshop in Beijing together with the Center for Global New Energy Strategy Studies (CGNESS) of Peking University, the Institute of Quantitative and Technology Economics (IQTE) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) in the conference […]

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IMO Low-Flashpoint Fuels Update

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by the International Maritime Organization’s  (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization’s London headquarters for its 95th session from 3 to 12 June 2015. The MSC adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases […]

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OCI to Acquire BioMC

Yesterday, MI member OCI N.V. announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire BioMCN for EUR 15 million. BioMCN is one of Europe’s largest methanol producers, owning two methanol plants at the Chemical Park Delfzijl in The Netherlands.  According to data provided by Hydrocarbon Processing, methanol consumption in Western Europe is currently more than […]

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G2X Energy Launches Commercial Operations at Pampa Methanol Facility

On June 1 G2X Energy, a developer/operator of advanced natural gas to methanol and fuel projects, announced that their Pampa, Texas based methanol plant is fully operational and has completed their first shipment of methanol. After building commercial quantities of inventory on site, the plant shipped its first two railcars of IMPCA specification methanol and […]

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Berkeley Lab to Study Solar Methanol

The University of California at Berkeley recently held a christening that is being hailed as a key moment in the effort to harness the sun’s energy to create fuel. Lawrence Berkeley Lab officials on Tuesday unveiled a $59 million Solar Energy Research Center. Named after former US Energy Department Secretary and Lab Director Steven Chu, […]

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