Formosa expected to start new MTBE plant in Q2 2019

Excerpt: Formosa Petrochemical Corp. of Taiwan is expected to start its latest 330,000 mt/year methyl tert-butyl ether plant in Mailiao in Yunlin County by the second quarter of 2019.

Formosa Petrochemical Corp. of Taiwan is expected to start its latest 330,000 mt/year methyl tert-butyl ether plant in Mailiao in Yunlin County by the second quarter of 2019.

"The plant should be up and running by Q2 of 2019 as of now" a source close to the company said.

It is expected to sell approximately 400,000 mt/year of MTBE to its term buyers in 2019 and some production at this new plant will go towards fulfilling the requirements.

Over 90% of MTBE is used in gasoline as an octane booster and oxygenate and is manufactured by the chemical reaction of methanol and isobutylene.