e-Methanol Plants

e-Methanol Plant for Lamu Port – an alternative to Oil usage in transportation

Subject to negotiation

A possible e-methanol plant technology for the Lapsset Corridor project in Kenya would include:

  1. Methanol production unit: The technology includes a methanol production unit that processes upcycled Carbon Dioxide, natural gas or biomass feedstock to produce methanol.
  2. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) system: The technology incorporates a CCS system to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from the methanol production process, making the plant environmentally friendly.
  3. Renewable energy integration: The plant utilizes renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, to supplement its energy needs and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  4. Advanced process control: The technology includes advanced process control systems to optimize the efficiency and performance of the methanol production process.
  5. Safety systems: The plant is equipped with state-of-the-art safety systems to ensure the safety of workers and minimize the risk of accidents or incidents.

Overall, the e-methanol plant technology for the Lapsset Corridor project in Kenya will be designed to be environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient, and safe, making it a cutting-edge facility for methanol production.


The e-methanol plant technology is a process that converts renewable energy sources such as biomass, waste, or carbon dioxide into methanol, a fuel that can be used as a transportation fuel or as a chemical feedstock. Some key components included in the e methanol plant technology are:

  1. Gasification technology: This technology converts solid biomass or waste materials into a synthesis gas (syngas) consisting of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide.
  2. Synthesis gas cleaning: The syngas undergoes a cleaning process to remove impurities such as sulfur compounds and particulate matter.
  3. Synthesis gas conversion: The cleaned syngas is then catalytically converted into methanol through a process called methanol synthesis.
  4. Methanol purification: The methanol product is purified to remove any remaining impurities and moisture, resulting in high-purity methanol.
  5. Electricity supply: The e methanol plant requires an electricity supply to power various components of the plant, such as gasifiers, compressors, and pumps.
  6. Carbon capture and utilization technology: Some e methanol plants may also include carbon capture and utilization technology to capture and utilize carbon dioxide emissions, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the process.

Overall, e methanol plant technology is a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for producing methanol from renewable energy sources, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

Upcycled Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide upcycling is the process of capturing carbon dioxide emissions within the Lapsset Corridor and Kenya from industrial sources and converting them into valuable products or materials, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. This approach involves recycling carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, where it contributes to global warming. The process of carbon dioxide upcycling typically involves the following steps:

  1. Carbon capture: Carbon dioxide emissions are captured at the source, such as from power plants, cement factories, or industrial processes. Various technologies can be used for carbon capture, including chemical absorption, adsorption, and membrane separation.
  2. Conversion: Once captured, the carbon dioxide is converted into a useful product or material. This can involve chemical reactions that transform carbon dioxide into fuels, chemicals, building materials, or other products. Different conversion routes may be used depending on the desired end product.
  3. Utilization: The final step is to utilize the converted products in various applications. For example, carbon dioxide can be used to produce renewable fuels, such as synthetic gasoline or methane, or to create building materials like concrete and plastics. These products can then be sold or used in other industries.

Overall, carbon dioxide upcycling offers a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable economy by turning a waste product into a valuable resource.

Carbon dioxide upcycling is the process of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources and converting them into valuable products such as fuels, chemicals, and building materials. This process helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change by repurposing CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

If the Lamu Port in the Lapsset Corridor requires to have an e-methanol plant, it would involve setting up a facility that uses renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, to produce methanol from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. The hydrogen can be produced using electrolysis, a process that splits water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. The carbon dioxide can be captured from the air or from industrial sources such as power plants or cement factories.

Once the e-methanol plant is operational, it can serve as a sustainable source of methanol for various industrial applications, such as fuels for vehicles or as a chemical feedstock. By utilizing renewable energy sources and converting carbon dioxide emissions into a valuable product, the plant can help reduce the carbon footprint of the Lapsset Corridor & Lamu Port and contribute to global efforts to decarbonize the economy.