Established in the 1960s, OCI Beaumont is an integrated ammonia and methanol production complex located on a 62-acre site south of Beaumont, Texas on the Neches River. It is one of the larger merchant methanol plants in North America, with a permitted annual production capacity of 912,500 metric tons of methanol and 331,000 metric tons of anhydrous ammonia.
Strategically located on the Texas Gulf Coast, our facility is connected to established infrastructure and transportation facilities, including pipeline connections to adjacent customers, port access with dedicated methanol and ammonia import and export jetties and truck loading facilities for methanol and ammonia.
We acquired our facility (which had been idled by the previous owners since 2004) in May 2011, commenced an upgrade that was completed in July 2012 and began operating our facility at full capacity in the fourth quarter of 2012. In April 2015, we completed a debottlenecking project on our production facility that included a maintenance turnaround and environmental upgrades, which we collectively refer to as our “debottlenecking project.” This project increased our annual methanol production design capacity by 25% to approximately 912,500 metric tons and our annual ammonia production design capacity by 25% to approximately 331,000 metric tons. Both our methanol and ammonia production lines operate using state-of-the-art technology that results in highly efficient operating rates, maximizing feedstock inputs and minimizing waste.
Our methanol line is a 912,500 metric-ton-per-year unit that is comprised of Foster Wheeler-designed twin steam methane reformers for syngas production. It also includes two Lurgi-designed parallel low pressure water-cooled reactors and four distillation columns. Our methanol plant contains two 21,000 metric ton storage tanks, a crude methanol surge tank, refined receiver plant, storage tank scrubber, and crude tank scrubber.
Our ammonia line is a 331,000 metric-ton-per-year unit. The Haldor TopsØe-designed ammonia synthesis loop at our facility allows us to process hydrogen produced by our methanol production process as the feedstock to produce ammonia. We can also purchase hydrogen from third parties to supplement our production of ammonia. Our ammonia line contains two refrigerated ammonia storage tanks with a combined storage capacity of 33,000 metric tons.
OCI Beaumont is owned and operated by OCI Partners LP.