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Methanex restarts second methanol plant in New Zealand

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Jul '12
Methanex Corporation announced that it has restarted its second methanol plant at its Motunui site in New Zealand and production commenced this week. The addition of the second plant adds 650,000 tonnes of capacity per year and increases the Motunui site capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per year.

Bruce Aitken, President and CEO of Methanex commented, "We are delighted to announce the successful restart of a second Motunui plant. Our team in New Zealand did a first class job in starting this plant on schedule and at a very reasonable cost. The plant adds a competitive new supply source for our customers in the fast-growing Asian markets and is expected to generate strong returns for shareholders."

Mr. Aitken added, "With the improved natural gas supply position that has developed in New Zealand over the past several years, we have further opportunities to increase production by debottlenecking the Motunui site and potentially restarting our plant at the nearby Waitara Valley site."

Methanex is a Vancouver-based, publicly traded company and is the world's largest supplier of methanol to major international markets.

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