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Primary Petrochemicals in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Methanol Market Tracker

  • May 2014
  • 31 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2153827


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An Overview of a Key Petrochemical Feedstock for a Region of Growing Prominence

The study provides market information for the GCC, one of the largest petrochemical regions in the world, and establishes a strategic perspective of the global market. Research includes a discussion of key manufacturers and their production capacities for methanol in the GCC, providing a brief market overview and projected capacity expansions. Trade statistics for 2012 and a detailed analysis of price trends from 2008 to 2012 are also provided. The study offers a brief commentary on the major global applications, key insights, and future growth prospects for methanol.

Key Findings

-The GCC region, excluding the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has the capacity to produce methanol. The region has a total of million metric tonnes/annum (MMTA) installed methanol production capacity, out of which MMTA capacity is retained by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the largest producer of methanol in the region.
-The KSA has the world's 4th largest natural gas reserves, which allows for the relatively low-cost feedstock for producing methanol.
-No new capacity additions or expansions for methanol production in the region are planned until 2017, although expansion plans exist in the methanol derivatives industry, which will impact methanol exports.
-The GCC is a net exporter of methanol, and the APAC* region is the key trade partner.
-Formaldehyde is the single largest derivative of methanol in the region. The chemical is a precursor to more complex compounds such as -butanediol, MMA*, and DMF*.
-As the GCC plastics industry experiences fast growth driven by the surge in plastics production, such as PET* and PMMA*, regional demand for methanol increases.
Key: *APAC: Asia-Pacific; MMA: Methyl Methacrylate; DMF: Dimethyl Formamide; PET: Polyethylene Terephthalate: PMMA: Polymethyl Methacrylate

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