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MTBE: Market, Key Trends and Long-Term Prospects

Тopic MTBE: market conditions, the major trends and long-term prospects
Publication date 01.04.2016
Number of pages 0
Language English
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Research description

The report consists of 4 chapters covering main aspects of both MTBE consumption and production:

1. Global MTBE market: supply, demand, production capacity, prices.

The chapter summarises the information on global MTBE production volume, its dynamics, principal global producers, structure and dynamics of consumption and prices.

2. Factors leading to reducing MTBE production and transforming vehicle fuel consumption structure.

The chapter includes information on current and future consumption of alternative fuels and on decreasing gasoline consumption in vehicles. Also the current losses of MTBE production from replacing gasoline are estimated here. Reduction of gasoline consumption in vehicles takes place due to the following reasons:

1) cutting fuel consumption per 100 km in new vehicles;
2) promoting natural gas vehicles;
3) promoting diesel vehicles;
4) using biofuels (for example, ethanol, produced from sugar cane);
5) developing electric vehicles (especially PEV – plug-in vehicles).

3. Alternative fuel additives and their prospects.

The chapter analyses opportunities to replace MTBE with other fuel additives, including spirits, ethers and fuel mixtures (for example, gasohol).

4. Prospects for using surplus methanol and isobutylene ensuing from the reduction of MTBE production.

After MTBE production decreases the problem of applying surplus methanol and isobutylene production arises, and this chapter contains perspective opportunities, including isoprene rubber and polyisobutylene production.

Key conclusions of SPS «EUROCHIM»:

1. Decreasing demand for MTBE is inevitable and it will lead to cutting production. We’ve estimated losses faced by MTBE market as a result of different negative factors influencing consumption and production.

2. Cutting MTBE production will lead to surplus methanol and isobutylene and the problem of their usage will appear. We’ve assessed the prospects of applying surplus methanol and isobutylene in connection with petrochemical technologies and their development.