A lack of methanol capacity in the mid-1990s could led to shortages and limit production of methyl tertiary butyl ether, warns Abdullah Nojaidi, president of Sabic Marketing Ltd. He estimates world methanol demand will rise by about 5.6%/year in 1991-2000 fed by a jump of at least 20% in demand for MTBE. These averages are deceptive, he said, because demand will explode in 1992-93. "We are going to need every available gallon of methanol capacity to control pollution in the U.S., western and eastern Europe, Japan, and Asia...Unfortunately, new plants require long lead times, and those who want to see the right returns in advance are unl...

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