November 1999

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HP Insight: Perception becomes reality

U.S. refiners are facing a hostile environment. Great animosity is directed toward their final product – gasoline. Especially in California, consumers are distressed with potential health effects..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. refiners are facing a hostile environment. Great animosity is directed toward their final product – gasoline. Especially in California, consumers are distressed with potential health effects from an RFG blending component – MTBE. Perhaps some of you have grown tired of the debate over this ether; it has been in the news for quite a while. Yet, the issues and frenzy to remove this octane-enhancing compound grow ever more curious. To use or not to use. According to the CAA of 1990, refiners have no option about blending with a 2-wt% oxygen requirement for RFG. They must meet this spec for RFG; it's the law. Their options begin on what choice of oxygenates to use, plus d

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