China’s Yueyang Xingchang starts 60,000 tonne/year MTBE plant

07 January 2011 06:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China-listed Yueyang Xingchang Petrochemical started up its new 60,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant in central Hunan province on 4 January, the company said on Friday.

On-spec product was achieved on the same day, the company said in a newsletter on its website.

Yueyang Xingchang already operates a 90,000 tonne/year MTBE plant at the same site.

The company’s expanded capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year would help it meet the rising demand from the gasoline market, the newsletter said.

MTBE is widely used to increase octane level of gasoline.

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