November 2002

Misc

Methanol – the other clean-fuel victim

In the U.S., the political war still rages over what constitutes a risk-free, clean-fuel blending component. Presently, MTBE's future remains clouded with many conditions and uncertaint..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the U.S., the political war still rages over what constitutes a risk-free, clean-fuel blending component. Presently, MTBE's future remains clouded with many conditions and uncertainties. While examining the damaging rhetoric and scientific reports, one could assume that MTBE usage in the U.S. fuel pool will decline, if not evaporate completely. Refiners are scrambling to find a quasi-risk-free alternative to meet fuel octane needs. Yet, another petrochemical industry product's fate is being co-decided with the MTBE phase-out - methanol. This petrochemical is a primary feedstock used to manufacture MTBE. The methanol i

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