BioMCN is a production facility of OCI N.V. OCI N.V. is a leading global producer and distributor of natural gas-based fertilizers and industrial chemicals based in the Netherlands, employing approximately 3,000 people. BioMCN is one of Europe’s largest methanol producers and is the first company in the world to produce and sell industrial quantities of high quality bio-methanol, a second-generation biofuel. BioMCN is a leader in bio-methanol innovations by continuously developing innovative processes and new feedstock.
In February 2019, specialty chemicals company Nouryon and gas infrastructure company Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2, which marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Methanol is mostly produced from natural gas, but it can also be synthesized from CO2 and hydrogen. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently investigating the possible conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen using a 20-megawatt water electrolysis unit in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. A final decision on the project is expected later this year. BioMCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks.