An anhydrous denatured aliphatic alcohol intended for gasoline blending as described in Oxygenates
However, because less than half as much ethanol is required to provide the same oxygenating benefit as MTBE, the overall oxygenate
content of gasoline is expected to decline through 2006 as ethanol replaces MTBE.
Ethanol is a renewable fuel oxygenate
that provides air quality benefits like MTBE while posing very little threat to water quality.
"Oil refiners have the ability to produce gasoline that achieves just as much air pollution reduction without oxygenates
such as MTBE, but the law currently mandates their use.
The large majority of states do not monitor the presence of MTBE or other fuel oxygenates
in storm-water runoff, ground water, or drinking water.
Davis, B.C., "Oxygenates
and reformulated gasoline." NPRA National Refining Meeting, San Antonio, TX - March 17-19, 1991, paper AM-91-47.
of North Pole, when oxygenates
are introduced, they react with the inside surface of a tank.
Our best University of California scientists commissioned by the State of California and many others long ago reported that "there is no significant additional air quality benefit to the use of oxygenates
such as MTBE in reformulated gasoline relative to the alternative CaRFG2 (California Reformulated Gas) nonoxygenated formulations."
US Gasoline & Other Fuel Additive Demand (million dollars) % Annual Growth Item 1994 1999 2004 99/94 04/99 Fuel Additives 2185 6884 5986 12.2 -2.8 Demand MTBE 2450 4120 2050 5.3 -13.0 Ethanol 1460 1470 2360 0.1 9.9 Other Oxygenates
150 220 100 3.9 -14.6 Specialty Additives 445 1074 1476 9.2 6.6
[USPRwire, Fri Apr 26 2019] The Fuel Oxygenates
market is said to be highly concentrated in nature with sound presence of market players operating in the different capacities of production and sales.
Of this amount, the dominant portion will be attributable to oxygenates
, which will account for over 55 billion pounds, valued at almost $10 billion.
blending components that require blending other than with oxygenates
to become finished conventional gasoline are reported as All Other Motor Gasoline Blending Components.