QAFAC produces MTBE by processing butane and methanol.
Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited QSCC (“QAFAC”) was incorporated in 1991 as a joint venture, and is currently owned by IQ (50%), OPIC Middle East Corporation (20%), International Octane Limited (15%) and LCY Middle East Corporation (15%).
QAFAC’s petrochemical products are:
The majority of the methanol produced is exported to markets within Asia, the Far East and Europe, with the balance used as feedstock for the MTBE process or sold to local industries. Within the petrochemical industry, methanol is used as a raw material for the manufacturing of solvents, formaldehyde, methyl-halide, acetic acid, ethyl-alcohol, acetic anhydride, DME and MTBE.
- Methyl-Tertiary-Butyl-Ether (MTBE)
MTBE is used as a gasoline additive that provides clean burning fuel to reduce the tail gas pollution generated by motor vehicles, whilst eliminating the need for Tetra-Ethyl-Lead blending. Most of the MTBE produced is exported to other countries in the Gulf region. The remainder is either exported to Europe, South-East Asia or South America, or used by the Qatar Petroleum refinery to blend with the gasoline being marketed in Qatar.
For more information, please visit the QAFAC website.