The Challenges

IHI E&C provided basic design and EPC and assisted with plant commissioning and startup of the first fully integrated and most cost-effective MTBE complex in the world when constructed in 1992.



  • Initiated commercial application of the then Phillips Company Steam Active Reforming (STAR) dehydrogenation process
  • This first of a kind facility integrated technologies from several licensors to convert field butanes to MTBE, these included:
  • Isomerization (Engelhard)
  • Dehydrogenation (Phillips)
  • Methanol (ICI)
  • MTBE (Phillips)
  • Completed engineering and construction in record 18 months
  • Completed construction in 12 months

Project Description

Client:Coastal Chemical
Location:Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.