TEXAS PLANT FIRST TO ISOMERIZE N-BUYTLENES TO ISOBUTYLENE

Thomas P. John Texas Olefins Co. Houston Stephen P. Thomas Phillips Petroleum Co. Bartlesville, Okla. Environmental policy and changing markets around the world necessitate more flexibility in the upgrading of light olefins. Since mid-1991, Texas Olefins Co. has operated a commercial-scale process for the skeletal isomerization of nbutylenes to produce isobutylene for methyl tertiary butyl ether (C) feedstock. This article describes the process, operating experience, economics, and

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