Dimethyl Ether (DME): Can it be a solution for isolated gas fields?
Indian and foreign scientists are working on producing Dimethyl ether (DME) as a clean-burning synthetic fuel that can be produced from natural gas, coal, biomass, or directly from carbon dioxide. 8DME in fact is a versatile fuel suitable for vehicles, electricity generators, and gas cookers; and can be used as a blend stock with LPG or a diesel substitute. 8Applying the principles of process intensification, a miniaturised plant has been developed which shrinks the three-step chemical process to convert natural gas into DME. Process intensification uses novel design and manufacturing techniques that allow a process to be made smaller without the loss of production capacity. 8These mini-plants have the advantages of being more energy efficient and cheaper to build, meaning the requirement for large reserves of, say, natural gas isn’t imperative. 8A new bunch of producers who are entering the E&P market may find this technology useful to monetize isolated gas reserves. Click on Reports for more