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 Q1 2021
Ample availability of key feedstock bioethanol alleviated any ETBE supply concerns through Q1. Availability of ETBE remained relatively balanced, following tumultuous shortages evident through H2 2020. Overall production ran at reduced rates as gasoline and octanes demand remained subdued through the region due to extended lockdowns. ETBE production margins were boosted following bioethanol price slumps through the quarter.
ETBE spot buying interest remained relatively quiet in January and February through the key north and northwest markets. Extended lockdowns continued to dent consumption as the key French, German, Dutch, Greek, and eastern European markets implemented strict movement restrictions. Demand for the bioethanol-based octane booster began to slowly climb in Germany and France from March following coronavirus vaccination rollouts.
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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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