Gasoline Naphtha Crude MTBE Market
Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is an octane booster. It is widely used in fuel for gasoline operated engines and as an anti-knocking agent. The applications are fuelling the demand for MTBE in the market. Also, it is used in the generation of pure form of isobutene.
On the other hand, ethanol is being used as an alternative of MTBE as an oxygenate additive. This helps in decreasing the toxicity due to exhaust emissions. Moreover, USA and Canada are banning the use of MTBE for purpose of gasoline blending. These factors are hindering the growth of MTBE market. Advancement in bio-based MTBE is expected to provide lucrative opportunities for expansion of MTBE market.
Gasoline segment is anticipated to lead in the coming years. As a result of development of new refinery projects starting in the course of given forecast period (2016-2024).
Coming to naphtha, it has wide scale application as an industrial solvent. Some of the main applications of naphtha are in production of gasoline, formulation of cleanser used in household, oil painting, and stain remover. It is also used in gasoline production and as fuel in handheld lighters. Its application in residential sector is a leading factor to push the demand for gasoline naphtha crude MTBE market in the course of forecast period (2016-2024).
Naphtha also plays a major role in the production of polymers, synthetic rubber, and chemical intermediates.
Rising demand for polymers and plastics due to urbanization is likely to fuel gasoline naphtha crude MTBE market
Naphtha is used in burners, power stoves and more. In 2014, energy and fuel contributed for 25% of the market share. Its application as white petroleum liquid, camp lanterns and stove is likely to drive expansion of market in the given forecast period.
Global Gasoline-Naphtha-Crude-MTBE Market: Overview
The global gasoline-naphtha-crude-MTBE market is witnessing an exponential surge in its valuation, thanks to the swift expansion in the automotive and the aviation industries and the trend is likely to remain so over the next few years.
Gasoline, also known as petrol, is a type of fuel, widely utilized in internal combustion engines, whereas crude is the unprocessed form of petroleum. Flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures are termed as naphtha while MTBE is a gasoline additive, which is volatile, highly flammable, and colorless. Although it exists in a liquid form, it is sparingly soluble in water. The main application of MTBE is to increase octane number, and hence, it is mostly used as oxygenate in order to raise the oxygen content of gasoline.
Owing to the rising concerns over the adverse effect of gasoline-naphtha-crude-MTBE on the environment and subsequent ban on the usage of MTBE in developed countries, their consumption is likely to reduce to some extent in the coming years, creating a hindrance in the growth trajectory of this market.
On the basis of its historical and current performance, this report presents a detailed assessment of the worldwide gasoline-naphtha-crude-MTBE market. The opportunities and growth prospects of this market have also been examined thoroughly in this study to identify the market’s future status.
Global Gasoline-Naphtha-Crude-MTBE Market: Trends and Opportunities
Gasoline market in Europe is on an unprecedented buying spree due to the production cut in Brazil and Venezuela. However, the purchasing appetite for gasoline from within the region is moderate.
A gasoline-glut has been formed in Europe, therefore, participants in this region are keen on exporting volumes to West Africa and the U.S. to keep stocks in balance. Gasoline export to the U.S., however, is under pressure comparing to the recent years due to the enduring shale revolution in the economy.
As the crude in North America gets lighter, the overall demand for gasoline from the U.S. has begun to decline. Although events of refinery outage may uptick the demand for European gasoline in the coming years.
Global Gasoline-Naphtha-Crude-MTBE Market: Geographical Analysis
On the basis of geography, the worldwide gasoline-naphtha-crude-MTBE market can be segmented into Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. In terms of consumption of gasoline-naphtha-crude-MTBE, Asia Pacific is likely to emerge as a prominent regional market across the world in the near future.
The markets in Latin America and the Middle East and Africa are also expected to witness a rise in their share, due to the augmenting demand for these fuels, thanks to increasing focus of developing nations on economic progression.
Companies mentioned in the research report
Some of the major players in the global gasoline-naphtha-crude-MTBE market are China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec Group), LyondellBasell Industries (Netherlands), PetroChina Company Ltd. (China), Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (US), Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Saudi Arabia), Equistar Chemical LP (US), Saudi Arabia Petrochemical Company (UAE), TPC Group (US), Marathon Ashland Petroleum, and Huntsman Corp.
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