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Linde supplies Celanese with hydrogen and CO2 to support methanol production

Linde has started to supply global chemical and specialty materials company Celanese with clean hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide (CO2) from a US-based facility.

The industrial gas giant said today (30th January) that it will supply both captured CO2 and hydrogen from its carbon monoxide and hydrogen production facility in Clear Lake, Texas.

Carbon monoxide, oxygen, and nitrogen are already supplied to Celanese from the same site and Linde’s US Gulf Coast pipeline system.

Celanese will use the captured CO2 and clean hydrogen as feedstock to produce methanol with a low carbon intensity at its Fairway Methanol LLC joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Earlier this month (January 2024), Celanese said it had started running a carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) project at its Clear Lake, Texas, site to support the production of 130,000 metric tonnes of low-carbon methanol per year.

The site is expected to capture 180,000 metric tonnes of CO2 industrial emissions.

Read more: Celanese starts-up CCU operations in Texas to produce low-carbon methanol

Mark Murray, Senior Vice-President of Acetyls at Celanese, said, “Celanese is meeting the challenge to produce products with a lower carbon footprint by using CO2 that would otherwise be emitted.”

Celanese is leveraging CCU to offer low-carbon options across its acetyl chain and engineered materials products to help customers meet the growing demand for sustainable and circular solutions.

The products will be launched under the ECO-CC name and be transparently supported through mass balance tracking and life cycle assessment processes.

CCU will take industrial emissions that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere from both Celanese and third-party sources and apply reduced carbon-intensity hydrogen to chemically convert the captured CO2 into a methanol bulking block used for downstream production.

The low-carbon input is then used to reduce traditional fossil fuel-based raw materials. Third-party sources account for 80% of the captured CO2 waste.

Amer Akhras, Vice-President of the South Region at Linde, adds that he is proud to expand the existing relationship by investing in the Clear Lake facility to support the production of essential chemicals with a lower carbon intensity.

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