Guangxi Petchem to run MTBE unit commercially in late Nov or Dec

21 November 2013 06:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Guangxi Petrochemical is planning to start commercial operations at its 80,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) unit at Qinzhou in Guangxi province in either late November or early December, a company source said on Thursday.

The company, which is a subsidiary of PetroChina, is expected to retain the majority of the MTBE unit’s output for captive use to produce gasoline and sell the rest to the market, the source added.

Guangxi Petrochemical has been conducting trial runs at the MTBE unit since mid-November.

The producer will supply its own raffinate C4 (butylenes) feedstock for MTBE production, the source said.

By: Maggie Li
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