Saudi SABIC runs MTBE plants at 90% after maintenance

25 March 2011 03:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Petrochemical giant SABIC is operating its three methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plants at Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia at 90% after one of the plants was restarted following regular maintenance, market participants said on Friday.

Its 700,000 tonne/year MTBE plant was taken off line from February to March for a turnaround.

“The plants are running smoothly,” said one participant.

The company was not available for comment.

SABIC, which is the world’s largest producer of MTBE, shut its 1m tonne/year and 300,000 tonne/year MTBE units for regular maintenance from late December 2010 to early February 2011.

MTBE is used as an additive to improve gasoline's octane levels.

For more on MTBE, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Felicia Loo

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