Going Green

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Alkylates and Gasoline Prices

This is a GREAT article about gasoline. Not only does it discuss the critical role of alkylates in gasoline production but it also provides good information on petroleum "cracking" processes and the complexity of producing various products from a barrel of oil.

Jan. 30, 2008, 3:57PM

Shortage of additive may cause gas price spike

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Get ready for another surge in gasoline prices.

Experts are predicting that prices, which jumped by almost a dollar a gallon in each of the last two springs in many parts of the United States, will spike again this year as refiners and gas stations switch from winter- to summer-blended fuels.

The increases, starting as early as February in southern California, could push the average national price to a record $3.50 a gallon or more by June.

That would be 17 percent higher than...(complete article here).

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