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Methyl tertiary butyl ether MTBE is a gasoline octane booster. Although MTBE was banned in the United States, China imports a lot of MTBE because it is the world’s number one automarket.
Singapore, which is Asia’s oil trading hub, is also a big MTBE consumer, due to blending demand.
Singapore exports finished gasoline products to Indonesia which is Asia’s biggest gasoline buyer and then Vietnam. Asia also receives MTBE from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
When the arbitrage economics work, southeast Asia MTBE producers sell the product to China. Besides China, Taiwan and South Korea also import MTBE on a regular basis.
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Updated to Q3 2014
US Gulf (USG) methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) spot prices were extremely volatile during the third quarter.
Strong gasoline prices in Europe pushed USG MTBE spot prices to a yearly high of $3.43/gal in early June. The price plummeted in the following weeks, falling to a quarterly low of $3.06/gal.
Two weeks later, the price was back at the yearly high of $3.43/gal. It fell through the month of September, falling to $3.09/gal near the end of the month.
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