Methanex in New Zealand

Methanex New Zealand owns two methanol facilities in the province of Taranaki on the west coast of the North Island. They are known as the Motunui and Waitara Valley sites. More than 95% of the methanol produced in New Zealand is sold for export to markets in Japan, Korea and China.

During 2013 Methanex has been working on two major projects at its sites – restarting its idle Waitara Valley plant and debottlenecking the Motunui plant. By the end of the year the Motunui facility will have the capacity to produce 1.7 million tonnes of methanol per year and the Waitara Valley plant will be producing 500,000 tonnes per year. Methanol from both facilities is delivered to customers via pipeline, road transport or ship. Methanol bound for ocean transport is piped 25 kilometres to storage facilities at Port Taranaki and the Omata Tank Farm in New Plymouth.

Methanex boasts a highly skilled and diverse workforce of about 200 employees with additional support from local contractors. The head office for Methanex New Zealand is based in Auckland.

Methanex is an active and enthusiastic contributor to the social and cultural development of the local communities where it operates through a variety of social responsibility programs.

Methanex New Zealand is firmly committed to the principles and ethic of Responsible Care®, operating above the stringent requirements laid down by local and central government.

Both plants have won awards for environmental excellence and industrial safety. In 2012 Methanex was the proud recipient of the Project Management Institute of New Zealand’s “Project of the Year” award recognizing the well managed restart of the Motunui #1 plant which came online in July. In 2010, Methanex New Zealand was the proud recipient of Responsible Care New Zealand’s “Responsible Care® Outstanding Achievement Award” that recognized the company’s achievement of 10 years without a Lost Time Injury among its employees.

For more information about Methanex New Zealand please contact:

Juliet Larkin
Manager, Public Affairs
Methanex New Zealand Ltd
Main North Road, Waitara
Private Bag 2011
New Plymouth 4342

T: +64 6 754 9700
F: +64 6 754 9701

New Zealand Marketing Office

The Methanex Asia Pacific marketing office is now located in Hong Kong.


This page was last updated on February 24, 2014.

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