World’s first BioDME production facility to open

The opening ceremony of the world’s first plant for the production of the renewable fuel BioDME will take place on 9 September 2010 in Piteå, Sweden.

Located at the Smurfit Kappa pulp and paper container board mill, the plant utilises black liquor, a by-product of the pulping process, to produce the BioDME.

The gasification technology comes from Chemrec AB, while Haldor Topsøe A/S provides the fuel synthesis technology.

Volvo Trucks, Swedish fuels company Preem, France-based oil and gas giant Total, Delphi and local research institute ETC are also participating in the project.

Speakers at the inauguration will include county governor of Norrbotten Per-Ola Eriksson, Chemrec CEO Max Jönsson and the mayor of Piteå Peter Roslund.

The production of bio-DME (dimethylether) is similar to that of biomethanol. Bio-DME can be produced directly from synthesis gas.

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