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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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US Gulf (USG) methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) spot prices weakened to their lowest level since February 2011 in November.
USG MTBE spot prices are formula-based on Europe prices, which have fallen to record lows since mid-August, as result of weak demand from refiners.
Since mid-August, USG spot prices have declined by 19.2%. There have been no major plant outages or startups reported.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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