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Sibur completes MTBE expansion

12:20 PM MST | January 3, 2013 | Ian Young

Sibur (Moscow) says it has completed an expansion of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) capacity at Tchaikovsky, Russia, to 220,000 m.t./year, from 200,000 m.t./year. The project involved the installation of additional heat exchangers and MTBE synthesis equipment, Sibur says. Sibur says that its other major MTBE plant is at Tobolsk, Russia, with a capacity of 150,000 m.t./year. The company says it produced more than 400,000 m.t. of MTBE in total during 2011. Russia produces more MTBE than it consumes, and the surplus product is exported, Sibur says. However, domestic...

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