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Pacific Northwest could become hub for methanol production

A high-speed camera captures a methanol drip, which has about half the viscosity of water. (Image: Andrew Magill via Flickr)

SEATTLE (AP) — The Pacific Northwest could become a major hub for methanol production if three proposed refineries are built along the Columbia River and Puget Sound. A China-backed consortium, Northwest Innovation Works, has proposed two plants in Washington state and a third in Oregon to convert natural gas to methanol, which would be shipped to China to make plastics ...

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