The alcohol ether industry is in a cold winter

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Domestic and foreign troubles the alcohol ether industry is in a "cold winter"

at the recently held third dimethyl ether conference and methanol gasoline conference, experts attending the meeting believed that the current dimethyl ether industry and methanol industry are in a "cold winter", and to get out of the dilemma, national policies need to pay attention to scientific and Technological Development and support at the same time. Fengshiliang, Deputy Secretary General of the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation, believes that the industry should first solve the problem of structural adjustment, eliminate backward production capacity and improve competitiveness if it wants to enter the spring from winter

serious shortage of start-up

affected by the financial crisis and the impact of imported products, ABS (styrene butadiene acrylonitrile polymer) and hips (impact resistant polystyrene) materials are mostly used. The domestic methanol price has fallen below the cost price, and the profit space of the enterprise has been greatly squeezed. The methanol enterprises that used to operate normally have reduced production and stopped production. Data show that methanol imports have been increasing in the past 10 years, from more than 1 million tons in 1999 to more than 5 million tons in 2009, with an average annual increase of 14.4%. In 2009, China's methanol consumption was 16.61 million tons, of which 11.334 million tons were produced domestically

dimethyl ether is an important downstream product of methanol. In China's market, it mainly replaces liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as civil gas and diesel as bus fuel. Since 2009, the operating rate of dimethyl ether industry has been less than 20%, and many enterprises have inverted costs, operating difficulties, and even production stoppages. The exposure of dimethyl ether blending incident in Guangdong in the first quarter of 2010 made the dimethyl ether industry, which was already struggling due to increased costs and fierce market competition, even worse

the alcohol ether industry is underemployed, while its production capacity is growing. According to statistics, the domestic methanol production capacity will increase to 29.534 million tons by the end of 2010. Around the year, the domestic methanol production capacity may exceed 50million tons/year

in terms of dimethyl ether, according to incomplete statistics, as of 2008, there were 57 dimethyl ether production enterprises in China, with a total capacity of about 6.2 million tons/year. In 2009, there were 65 dimethyl ether production enterprises in China, with a total capacity of more than 7million tons. From 2009 to 2010, there were 1 dimethyl ether project planned to be put into operation in China, 4 of which regarded each customer as our closest friend or family member, with a total capacity of 3.95 million tons. In 2010, China's dimethyl ether production capacity is expected to reach 10000 tons/year

call for industry standards

professionals believe that the reasons for the difficulties of dimethyl ether and methanol industry are not only the blind and disorderly development of the industry, brutal market competition, but also the lack of national policy support. Relevant industry standards should be issued as soon as possible

it is understood that the dimethyl ether standard for urban gas has not been issued yet; Although the preliminary review of DME standard for vehicle fuel has been completed and the preparation of DME stove standard has begun, there is no timetable for its promulgation and implementation. The winter of dimethyl ether is now the "coldest" time

in the depression of dimethyl ether industry, insiders hope that methanol gasoline can guide the downstream application of methanol. At present, only a few companies such as Shanxi Huadun are officially listed to operate methanol gasoline. Although it has become a "hidden rule" for private gas stations to mix methanol with gasoline, the national standard for methanol gasoline has not yet been issued, which still inhibits the downstream demand for methanol. In China's petroleum and chemical industry, we will build on the experience of the upstream and downstream cooperation mechanism. Sun Weishan, director of the Industrial Development Department of the Federation, said in an interview that once the application of methanol gasoline is opened, the excess of methanol will not be so serious

in the absence of current industry standards, Feng Shiliang suggested eliminating backward production capacity. Among the total methanol production capacity of 29.534 million tons in 2010, the backward production capacity was about 9.025 million tons, accounting for 48%; If factors such as anthracite fixed bed ammonia co production of methanol and natural gas price rise are considered, the backward production capacity accounts for 55%

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