The Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, or ETBE, report is covered weekly in Europe by ICIS. The price assessments cover ETBE spot and as a premium to Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE); an MTBE price completes the table.
Market news and analysis in the commentary compares ETBE in graphs to MTBE and gasoline, and also to Ethanol Fuel grade and FAME. Demand, supply, production issues and feedstock developments also go to complete this unbiased and independent view of the market. Whether you are buying or selling ETBE or related products, this is a valuable reference tool to use when making those important business choices.
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Ethyl tertiary butyl ether: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
Availability may tighten in Q2, due to the traditionally busier summer period. Although players have noted that due to the ability for some large producers to switch between ETBE and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) production, supply is typically neither long nor short.
There may be a slight tightening of the market during the summer maintenance season, which normally hits towards the end of the second quarter.
Seasonally high ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) demand is expected in Q2, with the switch to summer grade gasoline happening at the end of the first quarter. ETBE is traditionally used more in the summer months, when gasoline blenders strive to meet biofuel requirements.
There is however talk that ETBE is uncompetitive heading into the second quarter due to high methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) prices, of which ETBE has a premium over. As a result players are said to be turning towards alternative biofuels.
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Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Methodology
About Ethyl tertiary butyl ether
Ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) is an oxygenated fuel that can be blended with gasoline to make it burn more cleanly. ETBE is produced from ethanol and isobutylene. It is used for octane improvement and motor fuel volatility control.
ETBE is clear in appearance and although virtually colourless it does have a slight yellow appearance and a strong odour. In addition, the fuel is highly flammable.
The ETBE and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) processes are similar, and a number of MTBE units in Europe have been converted to use ethanol feedstock for ETBE production in order to meet biofuels targets.