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Retail methanol station starts pumping.

The first delivery of methanol to Canada's first permanent retail methanol fuelling station marks an important milestone for the development of methanol as an alternative transportation fuel.

Four thousand gallons of methanol produced by Novacor Chemicals Ltd. were delivered to the Sunoco service station at 4061 Sheppard Avenue East in Scarborough, Ont., for consumer vehicle consumption. The methanol is available via a special dispensing unit and retail pump for self-service fuelling, alongside traditional gasoline fuel pumps.

The Scarborough station's retail methanol launch represents a first step in a nationwide light-duty vehicle demonstration program initiated by the Canadian Oxygenated Fuels Association (COFA) in partnership with the Ontario and Alberta Ministries of Energy, the federal Ministry of Energy, Mines and Resources, Sunoco Inc., Mohawk oil, General Motors of Canada and Chrysler Canada.

Additional stations in Calgary, Alta., and Vancouver, B.C., were methanol refuelling in the spring, says Stephen Moran, eastern regional manager, methanol, Novacor Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. and treasurer, COFA.

The program's main objectives are to have 5,000 methanol-powered cars on the road in Canada by 1995 and to launch methanol fuel stations eventually throughout the country.

Methanol is a colorless liquid that is currently made from natural gas but can also be made from coal, biomass and municipal waste. Canada produces approximately 2.5 billion litres per year, or about 10% of the world's supply. Although its primary use has been as a chemical feedstock, it has also been the fuel of choice for the Indianapolis 500 for the last 25 years due to its performance and safety characteristics.

COFA is an industry association organized by the Canadian methanol industry in 1984 to promote the use of methanol in the transportation market. Its members include Celanese Canada Inc., Novacor Chemicals Ltd., and Methanex Corporation (formerly Ocelot Chemicals Inc.). Novacor is a wholly owned subsidiary of NOVA Corporation of Alberta.
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