Published June 2022
Butylenes, also referred to as butenes, are four-carbon mono-olefins that are produced in various hydrocarbon processes, principally catalytic cracking in refineries and steam cracking in olefins plants. These processes yield isomeric mixtures of butene-1, cis- and trans-butene-2, and isobutylene. Butylenes for chemical feedstock are diverted from streams with the appropriate isomer content. Both isomer and purity requirements for chemical production vary depending on the intended application. Derivatives of butylenes range from alkylates and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE)—where crude butylenes streams may be used—to butene-1 and highpurity isobutylene derivatives.
In 2021, the fuel market accounted for 80% of the total world consumption of butylenes, with chemical usage accounting for the remainder. The major fuel application is in the manufacture of gasoline blending components such as gasoline alkylates and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE), which are used as octane improvers in fuel applications. Mainland China is by far the largest butylenes market globally.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of butylenes:
Overall, consumption of butylenes is forecast to increase moderately during 2021–26, with fuel uses still expected to drive the market in the near term.
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