31 March 2008 17:35 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--Brazil’s consumption of methanol for methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) production is declining, but rising biodiesel production will pick up the slack, a domestic methanol producer said on Monday.
With the shutdown of a Brazilian MTBE plant in 2007 and the conversion of another MTBE plant to ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) this year, methanol consumption for MTBE will decline by 70,000 tonnes, the source said on the sidelines of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) annual meeting in ?xml:namespace>
However, increasing levels of biodiesel production will replace the methanol demand from the MTBE sector.
The mandated mixture of biodiesel in
Currently, formaldehyde is the main end-use for methanol in
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