February 2007

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HPImpact: China expands dimethyl ether developments

 WENDY WEIRAUCH, Managing Editor       Comments? Write: WW@HydrocarbonProcessing.com A colorless gas with properties similar to LPG, dimethyl ether (DME) i..

WENDY WEIRAUCH, Managing Editor       Comments? Write: WW@HydrocarbonProcessing.com A colorless gas with properties similar to LPG, dimethyl ether (DME) is representing an alternative to LPG in cylinders—in China and elsewhere—as a possible transportation fuel. China has been keen on DME development from coal gas, according to an outlook by Poten & Partners (www.poten.com). To produce DME from coal, the coal is first gasified at high temperature. The resulting high-pressure steam is then converted into syngas. This, after sulfur and CO2 removal, is converted into DME in a slurry phase reactor. Some plants produce D

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