27 February 2008 18:05 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--The surge in European biodiesel prices of up to $70/tonne (€46.9/tonne) showed no signs of slowing due to upstream palm and vegetable oil highs, buyers and sellers said on Wednesday. ?xml:namespace>
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Prices in the fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) market saw the largest jump, with increases of $70/tonne being felt across the market.
Prices were assessed at $1,250-1,290/tonne FOB (free on board)
Volumes of rapeseed methyl ester (RME) also incurred an increase of $30/tonne this week, with expectations of a further rise.
Following fears among buyers that volumes of rapeseed methyl ester (RME) would breach the $1,500s/tonne level, prices were now pegged at $1,470-1,500/tonne FOB
One player expressed concerns that the high prices would deter buyers.
One trader said the prices were called for and consumers could see the pressure the cost of raw materials was placing the market under.
With no idea of when prices would ease, most agreed the upward trend would not come to a halt any time soon.
($1 = €0.67)
For more on biodiesel read Simon Robinson's Big Biofuels Blog
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