US-based Enterprise restarts Texas octane plant

13 March 2012 14:42  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Enterprise Products Partners will begin the start-up process of an octane enhancement unit at its Mont Belvieu plant in Texas, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

The restart was expected to begin at 08:00 hours local time on Tuesday and end on Tuesday, 20 March at 22:00, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

“The restart date is an estimate and may change based on weather and other factors which could affect progress,” Enterprise said in the filing.

The plant is designed to produce isooctane, a motor gasoline octane enhancement additive used in reformulated motor gasoline blends to increase octane, isobutylene and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

The MTBE market has been closely watching for the restart of the Enterprise plant as the supply scenario out of the US Gulf has been tight and demand robust.

MTBE prices were assessed at a 5 cent premium to trades in Europe at $3.98253.9850/gal on 12 March.

MTBE produced at the Mont Belvieu facility is sold into the export market.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Leela Landress
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