US benzene demand, pricing to stay strong in 2011 - marketing firm

04 January 2011 23:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US benzene demand will remain strong and pricing will reflect the same in 2011, an international refinery and petrochemical marketing company said on Tuesday.

“If Asian demand for phenol remains strong and existing pricing still supports imports from the US, US benzene demand into cumene will remain strong,” said Wilf Kimball, vice president for The Plaza Group.

“The big question will be styrene demand, both domestically and export, and its impact on benzene demand," he added.

Kimball added that crude price forecasts for 2011 and forward had increased to around $90/bbl, representing a demand increase, primarily in China.

“However, whether the energy increase will result in reduced economic growth in the US is yet to be determined,” Kimball said.

Benzene spot prices were at $3.85-4.00/gal FOB (free on board) on Tuesday, as assessed by ICIS.

January benzene contracts surged 17%, or 56 cents, to $3.84/gal FOB (free on board).

($1 = €0.75)

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By: Brian Balboa
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