LYONDELL DEVELOPS ONE STEP ISOBUTYLENE PROCESS

Lyondell Petrochemical Co., Houston, has developed a one step process to convert normal butylenes to isobutylene, a key component of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). MTBE is expected to become the additive of choice among U.S. refiners to blend oxygenated gasolines required by 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act. Lyondell Pres. and Chief Executive Officer Bob Gower said the new process could help assure adequate supplies of MTBE to meet U.S. demand for cleaner burning fuels.

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