Illinois-based Unitel Technologies announced February 9 that it won a contract from Korea Gas (Kogas) for a basic engineering and design package for a proposed 300,000 tons/year dimethyl ether (DME) plant.

Ravi Randhava, president and COO of Unitel, said that the plant will employ a “one-step” process scheme for producing DME.

“Today DME is manufactured by a cumbersome ‘two step’ process,” Randhava said. “Kogas is the first organization in the world to successfully develop and demonstrate a commercially viable ‘one step’ process.”

DME can substitute for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) ...

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