Methanex Signs a Long-Term Natural Gas Supply Agreement With Painted Pony Energy Ltd. for Its Existing Methanol Plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Methanex Corporation (the “Company”) (TSX:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) and Painted Pony Energy Ltd. announced today the execution of a 14-year agreement to supply the majority of the natural gas required for Methanex’s existing 600,000 tonne methanol plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta. This agreement will commence in 2018 and features a competitive fixed price for natural gas. Contracted quantities will be lower in earlier years to allow for Methanex’s pre-existing natural gas forward purchase contracts, and will increase to roughly 50,000 MMbtu/day or approximately 80-90% of the plant’s natural gas requirements from 2023.
John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, “Having a long-term agreement in place to support our Medicine Hat facility underpins a competitive cost position for years to come. We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with Painted Pony, a company with a very competitive cost position in the prolific Montney play in Western Canada. This agreement, combined with the 2015 refurbishment of our Medicine Hat plant, solidifies the long-term future of Methanex’s methanol operation in Canada.”
Mr. Patrick Ward, President and CEO of Painted Pony added, “The Agreement with Methanex will yield a stable stream of cash flow to Painted Pony while providing additional market diversification which will help mitigate the impact of market volatility on our realized prices. By providing Methanex with a long-term, secure and reliable supply of natural gas volumes to their Medicine Hat plant, we believe this is truly a “win-win” arrangement for both companies.”
Methanex is a Vancouver-based, publicly traded company and is the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets. Methanex shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol “MX” and on the NASDAQ Global Select Market in the United States under the trading symbol “MEOH”.
Painted Pony Energy Ltd. is a Calgary-based publicly traded company, and is a growth-oriented natural gas producer, operating in the Montney formation in Northeast British Columbia. The Company is listed in the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “PONY”.
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- expected levels and timing of natural gas supply to our Medicine Hat facility, and
- expected operating costs, including natural gas feedstock costs and logistics costs.
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- the supply of, demand for, and price of methanol, methanol derivatives, natural gas, coal, oil and oil derivatives,
- operating rates of the Medicine Hat facility,
- the Medicine Hat facility’s operating costs including natural gas feedstock costs, logistics costs, tax rates, foreign exchange rates and interest rates, and
- global and regional economic activity (including industrial production levels).
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- conditions in the methanol and other industries including fluctuations in the supply, demand for and price of methanol and its derivatives, including demand for methanol for energy uses,
- world-wide economic conditions, and
- other risks described in our 2016 Annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis and our Third Quarter 2017 Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
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