China draws up national standards for DME blending into LPG

17 May 2011 07:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s National Energy Bureau has started drawing up a set of national standards for blending dimethyl ether (DME) into liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), industry sources said on Tuesday.

The members leading the draft of standards include the China Association of Alcohol and Ether Clean Fuels and Automobiles (CAAECFA), the China Gas Association and the Jiutai Energy Group, according to an official from Jiutai Energy Group.

Jiutai Energy Group is a major DME producer that is located at Linyi city in China’s Shandong province.

“The draft will be completed by June 2012 and it will specify the ratio of DME to be used in LPG blending and also the standards for LPG containers,” said the official.

The official said further details are not available at the moment.

DME can corrode the rubber sealants in LPG containers and lead to harmful gas leaks, so the design of such containers should be changed, said a source from the CAAECFA.

The Chinese government in August 2007 approved DME blending into LPG for industrial use as a means to cut costs and create a more environmentally friendly energy product.

By: Dolly Wu
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