US BD output in September rises 4% year on year − consultant

25 October 2012 20:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US butadiene (BD) production in September totalled 258m lb (117,027 tonnes), a 4% increase from 248m lb produced in the same month in 2011, consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy said on Thursday.

BD production in September fell by 2.3% by volume from 264m lb in August, but when measured on a daily rate, output rose by 0.6% compared with the previous month, the group said in its monthly Hodson report.

US crackers operated at 94.9% of capacity in September, up from 93.5% in August on minimal outages and planned turnarounds, the report said.

Daily production of co-product BD in September was below the increase in operating rates for the month because of the increased use of lighter feedstocks, particularly ethane, the consulting group added.

US crackers ran at 89.3% of capacity in September 2011, according to the report.

BD spot prices have been stable at 73-78 cents/lb ($1,609-1,720/tonne, €1,239-1,324/tonne) since mid-September as demand for spot material has been lacklustre from the downstream styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market and stable for the acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) market.

September contract prices were down from August prices at 83 cents/lb.

October contract prices rolled over from September. For November there have been two nominations at rollovers and two producers have yet to announce their initiatives.

($1 = €0.77)

Additional reporting by Wesley Busch

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