TENNECO BUILDING HOUSTON AREA MTBE PLANT

Tenneco Gas has broken ground at a site near Houston for a plant that will be typical of a new breed of worldscale methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plants. Those plants will make their own isobutylene and won't be tied to a source of isobutylene from a refinery or petrochemical plant. The Tenneco project is an example of the route gas processing companies can take to upgrade their natural gas liquids to make what Robert C. Thomas, Tenneco Gas chairman, describes as "the fastest growing

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