Moving to ethanol use instead of MTBE to have major impacts

A move away from the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether to the use of ethanol as a blending component in gasoline would have a profound impact on a number of petroleum-dependent industries.The agricultural and agricultural processing industries, for example, would be "dramatically transformed" by the substitution of corn-derived ethanol for MTBE due to the increase in ethanol demand, according to a report released late last month by New York City-based ratings firm Fitch IBCA, Duff & Phelps.The effects of such an oxygenate switch on the refining and marketing sector, meanwhile, would be "mixed," while chemical producers would experience a primarily negative impact from the swap, Fitch sai...

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