Shell Oil Co. plans to build three methyl tertiary butyl ether plants in the U.S. Start-up of the three plants, with a combined capacity of 15,000 b/d, is expected by late 1993. The MTBE plant construction program, including ancillary facilities, will begin in early 1992 at Shell's refining complexes at Deer Park, Tex., and Norco, La. The site of the third plant remains under consideration. Shell didn't disclose capital costs of the program.

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