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MTBE
Methyl tert-Butyl Ether
MTBE
MTBE (a.k.a. Methyl tert-Butyl Ether) is volatile, flammable and colorless liquid with minty smell. This ether is a major compound in the octane enhancer industry, its main application area. The remaining MTBE is used as a solvent and in the production of other chemical compounds. It is produced by the reaction of methanol and isobutylene (2-methyl-1-propene) in the liquid state.
More than 95% of MTBE is used as an anti-knocking agent in gasoline fuels to increase its octane rating, due to its low cost, high-octane value, and easy incorporation into gasoline. Other minor applications of MTBE include its use as a solvent for analytical purposes, as an extractant, and as a solvent dewaxing of hydrocarbon oils.

MTBE Cost of Production | Q4 2023

Updated Reports Examining MTBE Manufacturing Costs

Intratec offers professional, easy-to-understand Commodity Cost of Production reports analyzing the costs of MTBE manufacturing processes. Each report describes an industrial plant based on a specific MTBE process. The report also presents an independent analysis of the costs of MTBE production, encompassing plant capital costs (capex) and plant operating costs (opex). All reports are based on the most recent economic data available (Q4 2023).

MTBE Production from Raffinate-1

This study provides an economical analysis of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) production from a raffinate-1 stream and methanol using a process similar to UOP's Ethermax process for isobutylene etherification in China. In this process, isobutylene from raffinate-1 is submitted to etherification with methanol in a conventional reactor and in a reactive distillation column.

Details: 700 kta China-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $999 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report MTBE E21C target a 700 kta (kilometric tons per annum) China-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

MTBE Production from FCC C4 Raffinate

This process examined provides an economical analysis of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) production from FCC C4 raffinate and methanol using a process similar to UOP's Ethermax process for isobutylene etherification in China. In this process, isobutylene from FCC C4 raffinate is submitted to etherification with methanol in a conventional reactor and in a reactive distillation column.

Details: 700 kta China-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $999 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report MTBE E31C target a 700 kta (kilometric tons per annum) China-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

MTBE Production from Butane

This report presents a feasibility analysis of an on-purpose Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) production plant from butane and methanol in the United States. Initially, n-butane is isomerized to isobutane, which is then subjected to a dehydrogenation, yielding isobutylene. In the final step, generated isobutylene and methanol react leading to the formation of MTBE. These steps are similar to Butamer, Oleflex and Ethermax processes in sequence.

Details: 700 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   108 pages   From $1,499 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report MTBE E41A target a 700 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

MTBE Production from Isobutylene

This report presents a techno-economic analysis of MTBE production from methanol and isobutylene in the Unites States. In this process, similar to UOP Ethermax process, a isobutylene-rich stream obtained from an isobutane dehydrogenation plant is etherified with methanol, producing MTBE.

Details: 700 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   109 pages   From $1,199 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report MTBE E51A target a 700 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

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Isobutylene Production from Crude C4s

This study presents the economics of Isobutylene production from a crude C4s stream in the United States., using an extraction process similar to Total Isobutylene Acid Extraction process. In this process, sulfuric acid reacts with isobutylene to form an alcohol that is separated from the crude C4 raw material and, through a dehydration step, isobutylene is recovered.

Details: 60 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages From $999 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Isobutylene E11A target a 60 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Isobutylene from Isobutane (Chromium-Catalyzed Dehydrogenation)

This report presents the economics of Isobutylene production from isobutane in the United States. The process examined is a dehydrogenation process similar to Lummus CATOFIN. This technology uses a proprietary chromium dehydrogenation catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor.

Details: 200 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages From $999 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Isobutylene E13A target a 200 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Methanol Production from Natural Gas (Combined Reforming)

This study presents the economics of large-scale Methanol production from natural gas in the United States. In this process, natural gas is first converted into synthesis gas (syngas) by means of conventional steam reforming and secondary autothermal reforming. Then, the syngas is converted into Methanol.

Details: 1,700 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Methanol E12A target a 1,700 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

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About MTBE. MTBE (a.k.a. Methyl tert-Butyl Ether) is volatile, flammable and colorless liquid with minty smell. This ether is a major compound in the octane enhancer industry, its main application area. The remaining MTBE is used as a solvent and in the production of other chemical compounds. It is produced by the reaction of methanol and isobutylene (2-methyl-1-propene) in the liquid state.

MTBE Uses. More than 95% of MTBE is used as an anti-knocking agent in gasoline fuels to increase its octane rating,due to its low cost,high-octane value,and easy incorporation into gasoline. Other minor applications of MTBE include its use as a solvent for analytical purposes,as an extractant,and as a solvent dewaxing of hydrocarbon oils.

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