ChevronTexaco switches from MTBE to ethanol

Major California refiner will make transition by May
By | December 01, 2002
ChevronTexaco Corp. recently announced that it will switch from blending MTBE to ethanol in the southern California market between January and May. By joining ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell and ExxonMobil, Chevron's announcement means that more than 80 percent of California gasoline will soon be blended with ethanol.

ChevronTexaco, which controls 18 percent of the California retail gasoline market, has begun the switch to ethanol and will complete the switch for southern California in May. The company will stop using MTBE statewide by the end of the year in compliance with the state's MTBE ban.