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Hafnia's methanol project faces criticism: "Not as green as advertised"

A methanol refinery, set to receive an investment from Hafnia, now faces fierce criticism from both NGOs and the governor of Washington. The project would become one of the biggest carbon emitters locally, shows new environmental assessment. Chinese owner and Hafnia reject the criticism.

Hafnia's partner NW Innovation Works has previously faced criticism over its planned methanol refinery in Tacoma, Washington. Now the company is making another attempt with a refinery in Kalama, Washington. Photo: Washington Environmental Council

A planned methanol refinery in the US now faces criticism for trying to sell itself as a being environmentally friendly even though the project would significantly increase pollution locally if realized.

The ownership circle behind the refinery includes tanker shipping company Hafnia, which will be in charge of transporting the liquefied methanol to customers in Asia. The Chinese state is the majority owner through company NW Innovation Works.

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