Major investment in the U.S.:
Air Liquide to supply oxygen to new large-scale methanol production complex in Louisiana
Air Liquide announces that it has been selected by Chinese petrochemical company Yuhuang Chemical, Inc., as the supplier of oxygen for its new world-scale methanol manufacturing complex to be built in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Air Liquide will invest around 170 million USD (around 140 million euros)* in this high growth area for the chemical industry.
The new Yuhuang Chemical methanol manufacturing complex will produce approximately 5,000 tonnes of methanol per day, making it one of the largest methanol production facilities in the U.S. based on capacity.
Air Liquide has entered into a new long-term agreement to supply Yuhuang Chemical with 2,400 tonnes of oxygen per day. Air Liquide will build a new, state-of-the-art, energy efficient Air Separation Unit (ASU) producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Connected to Air Liquide’s extensive pipeline system in Louisiana, providing enhanced reliability of supply, the ASU is expected to be commissioned by the second half of 2017.
Air Liquide, via its Global Engineering & Construction activity, also recently signed a contract to license itsleading MegaMethanol® process technology to Yuhuang Chemical. The MegaMethanol® Technology which converts natural gas to methanol is part of Air Liquide’s proprietary technology portfolio.
In providing a stable long-term oxygen supply and proprietary natural gas-to-methanol conversion technology, the Air Liquide group further demonstrates its leading position in offering an integrated value proposition for large-scale methanol production.
Charlie Yao, Chief Executive Officer of Yuhuang Chemical, Inc., commented: “Our new agreement with Air Liquide for our first world-scale methanol unit in the U.S. will be integral in supporting our ambition of becoming a global player in the petrochemical industry.”
Michael J. Graff, Senior Vice-President for the Americas and member of Air Liquide group’s Executive Committee, commented: “Air Liquide is pleased to enter into this new collaboration with Yuhuang Chemical to supply their oxygen needs in the US Gulf Coast. The sustainable value we create through our safe, reliable and high-quality technology solutions supports them as they broaden their business in the US and abroad.”
Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (LWCC) recently welcomed Patrick Mockler as the newest member to its board of directors.
Mockler serves as president of Mockler Beverage Company, a family-owned beverage distributor in Baton Rouge, La. He has been with the company for more than 27 years. Mockler earned a bachelor’s degree in international trade and finance from Louisiana State University.
“I am honored to have been chosen as a member of the LWCC board of directors,” said Mockler. “The company has a strong reputation in the state’s business community and has been a stabilizing force in workers’ compensation. I'm pleased to be a part of this world-class organization, and I’m excited to be a part of its bright future.”
“As a leader of a solid, family-owned Louisiana business, Patrick brings a fresh perspective to the board,” said LWCC Board Chairman Murphy J. “Mike” Foster, Jr. “In its third decade, LWCC continues to thrive as a leader in the workers’ compensation market. I look forward to working with Patrick and drawing from his experience.”
Ernst Cafe Bacchus Bash announces
Organizers of the Ernst Cafe Bacchus Bash today announced the all-star musical lineup that will perform at this year’s Mardi Gras celebration. Bacchus Bash is a festive, day-long party that precedes the renowned Bacchus parade, and event organizers expect over 5,000 people to attend the event at Generations Hall which is located at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.
Dating back to the 1980s, Bacchus Bash was held at Ernst Café on S. Peters St., but in 2012 the festivities moved to Generations Hall, offering Bacchus Bash more space to entertain guests. The day-long celebration offers patrons the option to watch the super krewe of Bacchus in VIP fashion.
The popular Mardi Gras tradition will kick off at noon on Sunday, February 15. The indoor/outdoor party will have three stages, food vendors, some of the city’s best local bands and great drink specials. The official music lineup is as follows:
Main Stage Outside
• 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – DJ Ronnie Roux
• 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Bicycle Jones & the Training Wheels
• 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm – Flow Tribe
• 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Topcats
Inside Stage (Big Room)
• 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Category 6
• 4:20 pm – 5:50 pm – The Vettes
Inside Stage (Metro #1)
• 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – DJ Wixx
• 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – DJ TAF
• 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – DJ Mannie Fresh
• 9:30 pm – 3:00 am – DJ Wixx & DJ TAF
The indoor/outdoor block party is free and open to the public. Also available are exclusive VIP tickets at $200 each which include access to the outdoor grandstand, access to indoor private rooms and bathrooms, an open bar and free food until 8:00 pm. Anyone interested in purchasing VIP tickets should go to metronightclubneworleans.com.
(Above items are press releases)