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Gasoline Demand Drives MTBE Exports

1:38 PM MDT | January 24, 2007 | Peck Hwee Sim

U.S. exports of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) have been more robust than expected due to a combination of strong demand from European gasoline refiners, and the phaseout of MTBE in the U.S., says Rich Lamberth, v.p./fuels and energy and MTBE at DeWitt & Co. (Houston)at DeWitt & Co. (Houston). DeWitt raised its 2007 MTBE production forecasts for the U.S. from 25,000 bbls/day, to 35,000 bbls/day as a result. The U.S. swung from a net importer to a net exporter of MTBE last year as a result of the May 2006 phaseout of MTBE in gasoline. MTBE exports...

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