Economy of Belarus - - UNION STATE -

Grodno Azot’s shop to make fatty acid dimethyl ether out of rape­seed oil now op­er­ates at full ca­pac­ity.

The ether is the ba­sic con­stituent in diesel fuel man­u­fac­tur­ing. Af­ter the shop, which in­cludes di­vi­sions for re­fin­ing oil, ether­i­fi­ca­tion and pu­rifi­ca­tion of glyc­erin, is up­graded, OAO Grodno Azot will be able to make up to 30,000 tonnes of the ether per an­num. The prod­uct will be shipped to Belorus­neft enterprises, which man­u­fac­ture bio­fuel.

At present bio­fuel is only avail­able to enterprises of the Be­laru­sian Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­istry for mak­ing agri­cul­tural work cheaper. The DT (B5) biodiesel fuel is made of 5% of dimethyl ether and 95% of min­eral (oil) fuel. The Be­laru­sian prod­uct meets do­mes­tic and Euro­pean stan­dards STB 1658-2006 and EN 590:2004.

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