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 Q3 2017
Into the third quarter, European spot prices for ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) will track methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), the product they are priced at a premium against.
MTBE in turn is priced at a factor against Eurobob gasoline, so any movement in the gasoline market will have a knock-on effect.
ETBE prices hit their highest value since August 2015 in April, led upwards by a very tight MTBE market.
Healthy demand has been seen for ETBE at the end of the second quarter, with market sources expecting this will continue into the third quarter as industry players strive to meet biofuel requirements in the summer season.
A more balanced market is expected in July following the return of most C4 crackers in Europe following turnarounds which led to tight availability throughout May and June.
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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.