The industrial gas giant, Air Liquide, will continue its partnership with South Korean engineering firm, Samsung Engineering, to build a methanol production plant in Bintulu, Sarawak State, Eastern Malaysia.

The methanol plant will utilise Air Liquide Engineering & Construction’s proprietary process technology, Lurgu MegaMethanol, to convert natural gas into methanol.

This process is expected to produce 5,000 tonnes of methanol per day for the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas firm, Sarawak Petchem.

As an experienced methanol licensor, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction will license the technology required, as well as providing an Air Separation Unit (ASU) with a production capacity of 2,200 tonnes of oxygen per day.

Speaking about the joint venture, David Maloney, Group Vice President and Chairman of Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, said, “We are proud to continue our partnership with Samsung Engineering which further enhances our position as the leading technology provider for methanol plants.”

He went on to praise Samsung Engineering’s strong track-record in South-East Asia, which, along with excellent FEED (Front End Engineering Design) execution, has been key to securing this new contract.

Cheonhong Park, Vice President of Samsung Engineering, stated, “Through this collaboration, we will successfully deliver the world-scale methanol plant in Sarawak and hope to collaborate with Air Liquide for future joint projects.”

With over 50 years of experience in plant design, engineering, procurement, and construction, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction see this as an ideal opportunity to continue offering its customers safe and reliable technology solutions.