MTBE is a gasoline component produced from natural gas-derived TBA and methanol.
LyondellBasell has been a pioneer in the development of gasoline additives based on the tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) molecule. Since the 1970s, these additives have been incorporated into gasoline to help meet increasing standards for cleaner burning fuels. In order to meet the needs of our customers, LyondellBasell's product line now includes gasoline grade methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE).
Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is used as a high-octane additive component that helps gasoline burn cleaner and reduces automobile emissions. Unlike ethanol, MTBE does not increases evaporative emissions from gasoline and is fully fungible in existing gasoline distribution systems. MTBE is designed for use as a blending component in motor vehicle fuels.