Lyondell Petrochemical Co., Houston, is moving on two fronts to enhance its U.S. operations. The company last week said it will use its skeletal isomerization technology to produce isobutylene at its Channelview, Tex., complex. The technology, marketed under the name Isomplus, will enable Lyondell to convert normal butylenes from its olefins plants to isobutylene in a single step. The isobutylene will be combined with methanol to produce methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline octane enhancer increasingly in demand under the Clean Air Act amendments. A little earlier, Lyondell revealed plans for an industry first...

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