TEXAS PLANT WILL USE NEW PROCESS TO COPRODUCE PROPYLENE OXIDE, MTBE

Anne K. Rhodes Refining/Petrochemical Editor Texaco Chemical Co. is building a $400+ million facility to produce 1.2 billion lb/year (14,000 b/d) methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and 400 million lb/year (about 500 metric tons/day) propylene oxide (PO). The facility-under construction at Port Neches, Tex.-will utilize a newly developed Texaco process that coproduces the two chemicals (Fig. 1).

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