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Chemical formula



Mobile, clear, colourless (water-white), neutral, polar, inflammable liquid having a characteristic smell

Methanol content

99.9% by wt. Max


  • Formaldehyde
  • Methylamines
  • Chloromethanes
  • Dimethyl terephthalate
  • Methyl methacrylate
  • Acetic acid

Process outline

Methanol is derived through the high pressure catalytic synthesis of carbon monoxide and hydrogen from natural gas or partial oxidation of natural gas hydrocarbons.

Global Scenario

Global installed capacity

50 million metric tonne per annum

Global demand

45 million metric tonne per annum

Installed capacity in China

Installed capacity (Period 2010)

38.40 million metric tonne per annum

China's share in global installed capacity


Global demand for Methanol

45 million metric tonnes per annum

Annual growth rate in demand


Global growth excluding China through 2013


Major global producers

Major global producers include the following :

  • Millenium chemicals
  • Methanex
  • Repsol YPF
  • Methanol Holdings
  • Atlas Methanol plant
  • Saudi Methanol Company
  • Cristal Global
  • DuPont
  • Huntsman Tioxide
  • Ishihara