rDME feedstockMilan (Feb. 16 2023) — Across the world, over 200M tonnes/year of conventional liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used for energy, providing portable, clean burning fuels to billions of people living and working off the mains gas grid. It is also the most widely used alternative fuel for transportation globally.

In order to offer to the market low-carbon solutions, NextChem and its subsidiary MyRechemical (Maire Tecnimont Group) have signed an agreement with Dimeta B.V. to explore new opportunities to develop plants for the production of renewable and recycled carbon dimethyl ether (DME) from waste. Such a product, given its LPG-like properties, can be blended with conventional LPG, thus helping to reduce its carbon footprint with no change to LPG appliances or infrastructure.

Dimeta is a Dutch joint venture between SHV Energy and UGI International, which has been established to advance the production and use of renewable and recycled carbon DME to accelerate the LPG industry’s transition to Net Zero. The organization has an ambitious goal to produce 300,000 tonnes of DME by the end of 2027, establishing plants in the UK, Europe and USA.


This low-carbon sustainable liquid gas can be obtained with innovative NextChem and MyRechemical technologies that convert municipal solid waste to methanol and then to DME. Under this agreement, the area of cooperation involves generating business cases where Dimeta will off-take DME in ongoing waste to methanol projects and new initiatives specifically targeting the production of renewable & recycled carbon DME.

In addition to this, NextChem and MyRechemical will explore other opportunities with Dimeta to cooperate in research and development activities, such as the production of DME from biogas and biomethane.

Giacomo Rispoli, managing director of MyRechemical: “We are excited to explore with Dimeta further applications of our Waste to Chemicals technologies also to the strategic LPG sector. Renewable and recycled carbon DME from waste enables the transition to sustainable, low-carbon, low-emission energy by itself or blended with LPG, meeting the needs of the circular economy to decarbonize many industries and sectors, including transportation.”

Frankie Ugboma, CEO of Dimeta: “The signing of the agreement between ourselves, NextChem and MyRechemical is an important milestone for Dimeta, building upon the announcement of our first renewable and recycled carbon DME plant in the UK. Both NextChem and MyRechemical are established experts in their field, and I look forward to seeing how we can deliver solutions for the energy transition together.