Methanol license and engineering services for Project Air initiated

Perstorp has selected Johnson Matthey to provide the methanol license and engineering services for Project Air. This is the first step towards constructing the plant that will provide 200 000 tonnes of sustainable methanol for chemical production, thereby enabling a big step towards breaking fossil dependence of the chemical industry.

Håkan Kihlberg, VP Strategic Projects at Perstorp said: “We are happy to take this next step towards realizing Project Air together with Johnson Matthey technology. This is not only important for us and our journey towards climate neutrality, it will also help reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of end products. We hope that it will inspire the chemical industry to find innovative ways of reducing fossil dependence.”


Project Air will substitute all the fossil methanol used by Perstorp in Europe as raw material for chemical products with sustainable methanol. It is expected to be fully operational by 2026 and is a cooperation between Perstorp and Uniper.


The new plant will operate a first-of-a-kind Carbon Capture Utilisation (CCU) process at an industrial level – converting carbon dioxide emissions from Perstorp’s operations, together with biogas and renewable hydrogen to create sustainable methanol.


Alberto Giovanzana, Managing Director of Catalyst Technologies at Johnson Matthey said: “The chemical industry has often depended on fossil-based raw materials to produce products. Moving away from fossil feedstock at the beginning of the value chain is crucial to reduce the overall carbon footprint of end products.”