Petronas’s MTBE plant runs at full rate on sufficient feedstock

22 July 2010 10:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Malaysian state-owned oil major Petronas is currently operating its 300,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant in Kuantan at full rate due to sufficient feedstock, a company source said on Thursday.

This was in spite of a force majeure at its 2.36m tonne/year methanol production facility in Labuan on 16 July, after its supply of feedstock natural gas was cut. Petronas has a 1.7m tonne/year and a 660,000 tonne/year methanol lines at the site.

“There is enough feedstock,” said a source, adding a third of methanol is fed into the MTBE plant while C4 makes up the remainder.

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By: Felicia Loo

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