The Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) markets are covered both weekly and daily by ICIS in Asia, Europe and the US. These up-to-date, reliable and informative reports provide vital, unbiased updates to those involved with the industry and allows players to make confident and informed business decisions.
The weekly reports contain spot price assessments for this gasoline blending component over the week and at close of business Friday. Market commentary gives details of deals taking place, domestic news, gasoline updates and graphs. The daily reports focus on price assessments for MTBE, gasoline and related market quotations, with an overview of the day’s activity.
Updated to Q4 2018
Supply will remain sufficient, with sellers already offering material. Furthermore, with some producers needing to clear inventories before year-end, offers will be even more prevalent. However, there will be some curb in product availability from China because of the closed arbitrage window for exports and better domestic demand, which in turn will decrease supply slightly quarter on quarter.
Demand will remain lacklustre from Singaporean blenders because of squeezed blending margins and overall lower shortcovering buying activity as several refineries return from their turnarounds. However, Chinese demand may remain strong because of their need to hit gasoline specifications before the year-end.
Demand has already seen an early surge for the fourth quarter in relation to supply. However, market participants are expecting some reduction given that more MTBE is used in the summer. Demand is likely to remain strongest in warmer regions and/or areas with shared gasoline and diesel mandates in the coming months.
Winter fuel blends and reduced gasoline usage normally lower demand for MTBE overall and as a share of gasoline product. The introduction of the winter fuel blend will also dampen demand in the fourth quarter compared to summer months, when MTBE demand is usually at its height.
Stocks of MTBE will remain stable as no new plants are expected on line until later in 2019. Assuming no problems with plants in the US Gulf, stocks should remain steady to tight.
Consumption of octane enhancement products is expected to remain robust with MTBE being the chief additive in the western hemisphere. US demand for MTBE is nonexistent, with most US-produced material ending up in Mexico, Chile and Venezuela. Demand is expected to be robust.
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Around 95% of MTBE produced is used as an octane booster and oxygenate in gasoline.
Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is a colourless, flammable liquid with a characteristic ether odour. It is soluble in water, alcohol and ether and unstable in acidic solutions. MTBE is highly flammable and can form peroxides on storage.
Around 95% of MTBE produced has been used as an octane booster and as a oxygenate in gasoline. One of its major advantages is its good blending properties and for increasing the octane levels of lead-free gasoline.
MTBE can also be used to make high-purity isobutylene, which can be further processed to make butyl rubber, highly reactive polyisobutylene, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and other smaller derivatives.
MTBE is also used as a solvent and extractant.
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