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 Q4 2020
Availability remained critically tight through the beginning of October since record-high bioethanol prices pushed producers to minimise output to prevent negative production margins. A steady decline of bioethanol prices from late October onwards helped boost production margins for the remainder of Q4, which prompted ETBE producers to marginally improve supply by the end of the year.
Lockdown-induced falls in gasoline consumption led to a decline of ETBE demand in the key French, German, Dutch, Greek, and eastern European markets in November and December – a situation that many of these countries had to rectify by purchasing volumes to ensure the minimum mandated targets were met as the year-ended. Spot enquiries for the bioethanol-based fuel oxygenate continued to remain prevalent through Q4 despite limited trades.
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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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