PEP Review 84-3-3
Dimerization of Ethylene to Butene-1
Published: October 1985
In Institut Francais du Petrole's recently announced Alphabutol� process, butene-1 is made by dimerization of ethylene. We compare, on both U.S. Gulf Coast and Saudi Arabian bases, the Alphabutol� cost of production with that of butene-1 produced in the conventional fashion by distillation of an MTBE raffinate. In both locations the Alphabutol� process is more expensive than the conventional route.