The contractor is DME Aerosol, a joint venture of Shchekinoazot (Pervomaysky, Russia) and PCC (Duisburg, Germany). The new plant with an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons of DME will be integrated into the existing production site of Shchekinoazot at Shchekino.
Methanol, which serves as a feedstock for DME production, can be supplied directly from recently installed methanol facilities at production site. Aerosol grade DME is primarily used in the cosmetics industry as a propellant for hairsprays as well as in the production of insulating foams, and demand in Russia is growing significantly. The DME produced will have a purity of not less than 99.99 wt.%.