NEW HIGH CONVERSION ETHERIFICATION PROCESS TESTED AND PATENTED

Phillips Petroleum Co. has developed and patented a high-conversion etherification process that, in extensive pilot-plant tests using commercial feedstocks, has converted more than 99% of isobutylene to MTBE and more than 90% of isoamylene to TAME. Phillips says the high conversion levels result from very specific unit configuration and process operating parameters which it developed as a result of pilot plant testing.

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