COASTAL CHEM BREAKS GROUND ON MTBE PLANT
Coastal Chem Inc. has broken ground on what it claims is the world's first fully integrated methyl tertiary butyl ether complex in Cheyenne, Wyo. The $72 million complex, to include a dedicated methanol plant, is expected to be complete in spring 1992. Eighty to 90% of the methanol unit's 22 million gal/year output will be dedicated to the 4,000 b/d MTBE unit. Coastal plans to sell MTBE produced in Cheyenne to Rocky Mountain refiners (OGJ, Jan. 29, 1990, Newsletter).