MTBE Price Trend

In the fourth quarter of 2021, MTBE prices in the United States increased in comparison to the previous quarter of 2021. Prices reached a high in November, hovering around 898 USD/MT and 956 USD/MT FOB USGC. As the New Year approached, prices fell slightly, and the number of new Omicron cases increased in the final week, but the market remained strong overall. The price was supported by a lack of coal, as well as an increase in the cost of methanol and isobutylene. Weak trade activity and abundant product availability contributed to a low price by year's end.

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Procurement Resource provides latest prices of MTBE (Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether). Each price database is tied to a user-friendly graphing tool dating back to 2014, which provides a range of functionalities: configuration of price series over user defined time period; comparison of product movements across countries; customisation of price currencies and unit; extraction of price data as excel files to be used offline.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of MTBE for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa


MTBE or Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether is basically a colourless liquid with a distinctive anaesthetic-like odour. Its vapours are heavier than air. Its boiling point is about 131°F while its flash point is about 18°F. It is also less dense than water and soluble in it. It belongs to the group of chemicals commonly known as oxygenates that increase the oxygen content of gasoline. It is utilised as an octane booster in gasoline. 

Chemical Formula of MTBE:

  • (CH3)3COCH3    


  • Tert-Butyl Methyl Ether
  • Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether
  • 1634-04-4
  • 2-Methoxy-2-Methylpropane

Molecular Weight:

  • 88.15 g/mol

Industrial Uses:

  • Fuel and fuel additive
  • Blending component
  • Ether of acyclic hydrocarbon
  • Octane improver
  • Automotive
  • Solvent
  • Anti-knocking agent

Production Process:

  • Production of MTBE from Raffinate-1 and Methanol via Etherification; from C4 Raffinate and Methanol; from Butane and Methanol; from Isobutylene and Methanol

MTBE is produced from raffinate-1 and methanol using etherification process, which is initially carried out in a conventional reactor and then in a reactive distillation column. This results in the formation of MTBE.

Supplier Database:

  • Acros Organics
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
  • Reliance Industries Ltd.
  • Evonik Industries AG

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The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).


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