MTBE DEMAND TO SOAR IF METHANOL AVAILABLE

Changing composition of the world's motor fuels will spur rapid growth in oxygenates demand in the 1990s. Paced by the drive to reformulate gasoline in the U.S. under new air quality goals, the change will mean new markets and increased demand for petrochemical products. Leading that growth will be methyl tertiary butyl ether.However, MTBE market growth may be constrained by limits in capacity of methanol feedstock. Those are among conclusions of new industry studies in the U.S. and U.K.

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