05 January 2010 09:34 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--South Korea is unlikely to export any spot ethylene in January and February due to upcoming turnarounds and strong demand from the country's downstream market, traders and producers said on Tuesday.
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Market players said that a planned shutdown at South
Industry sources said LG Chem planned to shut its 900,000 tonne/year cracker for a month in March and had already started to restrict export sales to build up its inventory levels.
Other producers were expected to step in and make up for the resulting supply shortfall in the domestic market, sources said.
Industry sources said downstream demand, particularly from the polyethylene (PE) sectors, was strong and diverted ethylene away from the South Korean export market.
Another cracker operator in South
Producers pegged offers for spot material at $1,250-1,300/tonne (€863-897/tonne) FOB
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