Johnson Matthey to produce sustainable methanol in Sweden CCU project


Johnson Matthey (JM) has been selected to provide the methanol license and engineering services for Perstorp Group’s Project Air in Stenungsund, Sweden.

The initiative – which will substitute all the fossil methanol used by Perstorp in Europe as raw material for chemical products with sustainable methanol – is expected to be fully operational by 2026 and is a cooperation between Perstorp and Uniper.

The new plant will operate a first-of-a-kind Carbon Capture Utilisation (CCU) process at an industrial level – converting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Perstorp’s operations, together with biogas and renewable hydrogen to create sustainable methanol. Project Air will be built at Perstorp’s existing facilities in Stenungsund, strengthening the regional chemicals industry cluster, Hållbar Kemi 2030.

Methanol is an important building block in chemistry. It is used in the production of chemical intermediates like formaldehyde, acetic acid, and olefins, which are then used to manufacture everyday products – such as furniture, cars, buildings, cleaning agents, glass, paint, animal feed, and electronics.

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