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 2021
ETBE production ran at a reduced rate without any issues through Q2, tracking European gasoline consumption which remained subdued as the Europe slowly emerged out of lockdowns. Widespread availability of key feedstock bioethanol led to healthy ETBE production margins. Largely range-bound and static bioethanol spot prices and firm upstream markets also helped the market sustain favourable production margins.
ETBE buying interest improved as the easing of restrictions led to increased consumption in the key French, German, Dutch, Greek, Scandinavian and eastern European markets. Demand was predominantly driven by the EU biofuels mandates. Warmer temperatures across the region by the end of Q2 also prompted consumption to rise as Europe switched over to summer-specification gasoline. Restrictions on air travel also contributed to demand recovery of gasoline and octanes such as ETBE.
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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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