Guiyang, China – MI staff and members participated in the China Association of Alcohol & Ether Clean Fuel and Automobiles (CAAEFA) Annual Meeting and International Methanol Conference in Guiyang (Guizhou Province) on May 14-16. Greg Dolan, MI’s Acting CEO, gave opening remarks at the two-day conference which provided excellent updates on China’s national methanol fuel industry, and on developments in a number of provinces.
Mr. Hu Qianlin, Deputy Secretary General of the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) shared in his remarks that China’s methanol production in 2013 was 30 million metric tons (MMT), out of a planned capacity of 56 MMT. 3.3 MMT of methanol produced was used in gasoline.
In 2015, Guizhou Province will be among the second batch of provinces to undertake the methanol pilot program setup by the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) in Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces and Eastern Shanghai in February 2012. This pilot demonstrates the use of M85 and M100 methanol fuel blends in automobiles, taxis, and buses. On May 16, conference delegates visited several fuelling facilities around Guiyang, including one of 30 city-wide depots where taxis running on M85 and buses running on M100 are refilled.
Local officials noted that 800 taxis in Guiyang were currently running on M85, and 63 buses on M100. Taxi drivers, some of whom had been driving M85 taxis for 2-3 years, indicated that they were very satisfied with the vehicles’ performance, did not experience any breakdowns, and were most pleased with the cost savings (an average of US$100 per vehicle per month in fuel savings with M85 as compared to 100% gasoline).
Overall, speakers at the CAAEFA Forum indicated that 160,000 cars in China have been retrofitted to run on methanol.