Our Representative agent in Saudi Arabia, the company Abdul Karim H. Al-Sinan & Partner For Trading Co., has informed us of an interesting enquiry concerning the monitoring of MTBE in water.
More and more often big oil and gas companies are concerned with environmental issues and invest financial and technical means to reduce the damages caused by their industrial activity : in this case the monitoring of MTBE in drinking water grid.
MTBE stands for Methyl Ter Butyl Ether which is an oxylate ether, added to petrol as a replacement for the old lead based anti-knock agents (used to reduce engine knocking and increase the fuel’s octane rating). However, in improving air quality through lowering lead emissions, water pollution through MTBE has now become an important issue. MTBE is more water-soluble than other components of petrol, and if spilt will therefore travel further and contaminate greater volumes of groundwater than the other components of petrol.
MTBE (in soils and waters) as part of the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) suite can be analysed by our FID detector instrument chromaFID (loop injection) and for ppb levels the aimoVOC (FID detector) with a trap to concentrate MTBE.
These tests can include BTEX compounds (Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene and Xylenes) at ppm levels, which are also constituents of petrol, and consequently environmental contaminants.