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Butene
C4H8
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).
Butene is mainly employed as: alkylate and polymer in gasoline; in fuel applications; co-monomer of some polymers (such as polybutenes and polyethylene); intermediate for surfactants; and household detergent production.
1,2-butylene oxide; n-butyl mercaptan; o-s-butylphenol; dodeca-7,9-dienyl acetate; high-density polybutene-1 polyethylene; linear low-density polyethylene; tri-n-butylaluminium; and tri-n-butylphosphine.
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  • Ethylene (dimerization process)
  • Propylene (metathesis, coproduced with ethylene)
  • Thermal refining process, butenes is a byproduct
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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.
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Butene Prices

Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries

Intratec provides Butene latest prices and 13 years of historical series, as well as price forecasts. Subscribers to the Petrochemicals Prices have access to 76 commodities prices across several countries from main world regions.

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Chart Description. Intratec provides Butene prices in several countries, as follows:

  • United States: export price, FOB (Note 2)
  • Netherlands: export price, FOB (Note 1, 2)
  • South Korea: export price, FOB (Note 1, 2)
  • Thailand: import price, CIF (Note 1)
  • Saudi Arabia: import price, CIF (Note 1)
  • Brazil: import price, CIF (Note 1, 2)

Note 1. Only available for Registered Users

Note 2. Price forecasts (upcoming 9 months) available only to subscribers of the 'Pro' or 'Business' plans.

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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.

Chemical Formula. C4H8

Commercial Grades. 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).

Uses. Butene is mainly employed as: alkylate and polymer in gasoline; in fuel applications; co-monomer of some polymers (such as polybutenes and polyethylene); intermediate for surfactants; and household detergent production.

Raw Materials & Production Processes.

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

To know more about Butene production processes, click here.

Derivatives. 1,2-butylene oxide; n-butyl mercaptan; o-s-butylphenol; dodeca-7,9-dienyl acetate; high-density polybutene-1 polyethylene; linear low-density polyethylene; tri-n-butylaluminium; and tri-n-butylphosphine.

Methodology. The pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Methodology.

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