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About Butene. Butene (a.k.a. Butenes, Butylene) refers to a range of linear isomeric olefins (1-butene, cis-2-butene, trans-2-butene). It a colorless, flammable mixture, insoluble in water, but soluble in most organic compounds. The isomers hardly occur naturally and have been known since the end of the nineteenth century. They are usually coproduced as a single mixture and are formed as byproducts of petroleum cracking for gasoline manufacture or catalytic dehydrogenation of butanes. For this reason, butenes production grew rapidly with the growth of cracking processes.

Butene Handling. Butenes are usually stored and transported as pressurized liquids in steel cylinders, steel drums, road tankers, pressure gas tank wagons and tank containers. They can also be transported in pipelines or barged.

Butene Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Butene are listed below.

  • Ethylene (dimerization process),
  • Propylene (metathesis, coproduced with ethylene),
  • Thermal refining process, butenes is a byproduct

Butene Uses. The uses and applications of Butene may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Butene are technical grade (95% minimum purity); chemically pure (CP, 99% minimum purity); and research grade (99.4% for 1-butene, 99.8% for cis-butene-2 and 99.9% for trans-butene-2).

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Data Legend. The chart above shows Butene price assessments in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt) in 6 locations, as follows:

  • Butene, US (United States): Butene, export transaction price, fob, United States
  • Butene, EUR (Europe): Butene, export transaction price, fob, Germany
  • Butene, SAM (South America): Butene, export transaction price, fob, Brazil
  • Butene, SEA (Southeast Asia): Butene, import transaction price, cif, Thailand
  • Butene, NEA (Northeast Asia): Butene, export transaction price, fob, South Korea
  • Butene, MDE (Middle East): Butene, import transaction price, cif, Saudi Arabia (netforward from fob Germany)

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Butene Price Outlook. The price of Butene (United States) increased during April 2019 to 963 USD per metric ton, which represents a considerable rise of 10% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Butene (United States) decreased by 6%. Meanwhile, the average price of Butene (Southeast Asia) amounted to 1,030 USD per metric ton, from 1,260 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Butene (Southeast Asia) is 10% higher than the price one month before.

The price of Butene (Middle East) declined slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 906 USD per metric ton.  The price is 3% lower than the average price in the previous month and 25% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Butene (Europe) increased modestly during April 2019, reaching 758 USD per metric ton, which means a rise of 3% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 6% from the previous year’s price. 

The prices of Butene (Northeast Asia) experienced a rise of 39 USD per metric ton from the prior month's price, to 881 USD per metric ton. Such price movement meant a rise of 5% on a monthly basis and a decrease of 20% on a yearly basis. On the other hand, in April 2019, the price of Butene (South America) witnessed a rise of 70 USD per metric ton when compared against the previous month's price, to 1,590 USD per metric ton. The April 2019 price is 4% lower than the price one year before. 

About Butene. Butene (a.k.a. Butenes, Butylene) refers to a range of linear isomeric olefins (1-butene, cis-2-butene, trans-2-butene). It a colorless, flammable mixture, insoluble in water, but soluble in most organic compounds. The isomers hardly occur naturally and have been known since the end of the nineteenth century. They are usually coproduced as a single mixture and are formed as byproducts of petroleum cracking for gasoline manufacture or catalytic dehydrogenation of butanes. For this reason, butenes production grew rapidly with the growth of cracking processes.

Butene Handling. Butenes are usually stored and transported as pressurized liquids in steel cylinders, steel drums, road tankers, pressure gas tank wagons and tank containers. They can also be transported in pipelines or barged.

Butene Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Butene are listed below.

  • Ethylene (dimerization process),
  • Propylene (metathesis, coproduced with ethylene),
  • Thermal refining process, butenes is a byproduct

Butene Uses. The uses and applications of Butene may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Butene are technical grade (95% minimum purity); chemically pure (CP, 99% minimum purity); and research grade (99.4% for 1-butene, 99.8% for cis-butene-2 and 99.9% for trans-butene-2).

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