January 2002

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Study ‘sorts through’ oxygenate issues

Whatever environmental benefits an oxygenate requirement in the U.S. had in the early 1990s, they have since "weakened considerably" as a more decisive role is played by improved auto ..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Whatever environmental benefits an oxygenate requirement in the U.S. had in the early 1990s, they have since "weakened considerably" as a more decisive role is played by improved auto emissions technology. So says a new report from the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation, Inc. (PIRINC). Here are highlights from the study, which looks briefly at gasoline supply concerns and then attempts to sort through the different oxygenate issues. Over the past two driving seasons supply problems, especially with reformulated gasoline (RFG), have had major impacts on prices. Even modest supply shortfalls have caused price spikes

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