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.
Updated to Q2 2020
Supply was reduced in line with low demand caused by the virus outbreak for most of Q2. ETBE availability began to improve in June, brought on by demand recovery across key European markets. ETBE producers remain cautious of spikes in fuel ethanol prices, a key component used to produce ETBE. Producers with dual ETBE and MTBE production capabilities continued to prioritise MTBE over ETBE, as cheaper methanol prices supported higher MTBE blending margins.
France, Germany, and the Netherlands were leading consumption before the virus pandemic put the brakes on European road transport for most of Q2. Demand recovery was under way by the end of May, as lockdown restrictions began to be lifted across Europe. Scandinavian and eastern European countries contributed to the slight uptick in consumption, which was boosted by the EU RED II mandates.
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Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Methodology
Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether or ETBE is an oxygenated fuel that can be blended with gasoline to make it burn more cleanly and thus improve overall air quality.
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.
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