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Valero Considers Use of Isooctane to Replace MTBE.

The San Antonio Business Journal reported earlier this week that San Antonio, TX-based refiner Valero Energy Corporation has revealed it may begin using isooctane in place of the controversial fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in its reformulated gasoline (RFG) products.

According to the Journal, the company is considering spending $50 million to convert a number of its refineries that produce MTBE-based RFG to isooctane, a chemical derived from petroleum and natural gas products. The Journal reported that conversion of the facilities to isooctane is expected to require between 18 months and 24 months, with $30 million dedicated to converting Valero's plant in Corpus Christi and $20 million slated for an additional 13 refineries in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

The Journal noted that Valero has not decided whether it will convert all of its refineries to isooctane, allowing the company the opportunity to continue exporting MTBE-based RFG to Europe.

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Title Annotation:Valero Energy Corporation; methyl tertiary butyl ether
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 18, 2005
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