Entergy Gulf States Louisiana to Power Methanex Corporation-Geismar Facility
New methanol plant will add up to 30 megawatts of peak demand
BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 23, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Entergy Gulf States Louisiana,
L.L.C. has signed a commercial and contractual agreement with Methanex USA LLC
to supply up to 30 megawatts of power to Methanex's new methanol facility in
In July 2012, Methanex announced plans to relocate a 1 million metric ton
methanol production plant from Chile to a new 225-acre site in Geismar. On
April 24, 2013, Methanex announced plans to proceed with the relocation of a
second 1 million metric ton per year methanol plant from its Chile site to
Geismar. Subsequent to the public announcement, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana
has been working with Methanex to provide permanent power to its new
The power contract between Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Methanex is for
an initial 10-year term and will continue thereafter on a year-to-year basis.
Entergy Gulf States Louisiana plans to upgrade its electric transmission
system to meet the increased demand the methanol production facility is
anticipated to generate.
"Methanex selected Entergy Gulf States Louisiana as the sole source for their
power needs because of Entergy's ability to provide safe, clean, reliable and
affordable power within the required timeframe," said Gustavo Parra, vice
president, Global Excellence and Projects, Methanex Corporation.
Methanex's first plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2014, and
the second plant is expected to be operational by early 2016. Methanex is
investing approximately $1.1 billion dollars in the facility and will create
approximately 165 new permanent jobs within the community. Additionally,
construction of the two facilities will result in approximately 2,500
Methanex commenced work on its first methanol plant in 2012 and started work
on its second plant this year. Hiring for the first plant is underway, and
jobs associated with the second plant will be filled in the year leading up to
completion of the project.
"Working with Methanex to create the best solution to power the company's new
Geismar facility is one of the ways we are proud to be a part of supporting
the region's – and Louisiana's – economic growth and vitality," said Phillip
May, president and chief operating officer of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and
Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC. "Our concerted focus on not only helping
attract new businesses to the state, but also helping existing businesses
succeed and expand, is about creating long-term opportunities for companies as
well as the communities in which they operate."
Entergy Corporation was again recognized as one of the top 10 utilities in
North America by Site Selection magazine's September 2013 issue for its work
to support economic development. In its list of economic development
highlights from the previous year, Site Selection credited Entergy's work in
helping to identify eight certified sites in partnership with Louisiana
Economic Development. New civil engineering services have also made a great
impact on the team's level of service and quality of site evaluation.
Entergy's Louisiana utility companies provide electric service to more than
one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC
and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and natural gas service to more than
90,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area through Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana,
the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation. Entergy, which
celebrates its 100^th anniversary in 2013, is an integrated energy company
engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution
operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000
megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000
megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear
generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in
Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of
more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Methanex Corporation is a Vancouver-based, publicly traded company and is the
world's largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international
markets. Methanex Corporation shares are listed for trading on the Toronto
Stock Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol "MX" and on the NASDAQ
Global Market in the United States under the trading symbol "MEOH". Methanex
can be visited online at www.methanex.com.
SOURCE Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C.
Contact: Molly Jahncke, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., (504) 840-2599,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Marc Dupont, Methanex Corporation, (604) 661 2600,
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