EXXON U.S.A. PLANS THREE MTBE PLANTS

Exxon Co. U.S.A. plans to spend more than $1 00 million to build methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) units at three U.S. refineries. A 7,000 b/d MTBE plant is expected to begin production by yearend 1992 at Exxon's 438,000 b/sd Baton Rouge, La., refinery. Exxon let a contract for that project to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif. Construction is to begin by yearend 1991. Exxon is evaluating plans: To start up in 1993 a similar MTBE plant at its 448,000 b/sd Baytown, Tex.,

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