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The ICIS weekly ethyl tertiary butyl ether or ETBE report contains spot price assessments for the absolute price of ETBE, as well as its premium value over MTBE.
Both of these prices are quoted on an FOB Amsterdam Rotterdam Antwerp basis.
ETBE is a biofuel and the market is relatively small when compared to more traditional fuels. Europe also depends on imports for a significant proportion of its supply and these factors mean that prices can fluctuate quite rapidly, in response to the absence or presence of in-coming cargoes.
To ensure accurate and objective coverage a range of market sources are consulted including: producers, blenders, traders and importers. As well as pricing data, these conversations give information on market trends and supply and demand fundamentals.
The report also covers the price of feed-stock ethanol as well as that of MTBE, both of which are key ETBE price determinants.
Commentary on the gasoline market is also included to offer subscribers a complete picture of factors affecting ETBE.
As this is a specialist market and interest in biofuels is increasing, our subscribers find this a useful and essential source of information.
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Updated to Q2 2015
Ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) values soared nearly $300/tonne over the second quarter, pushed up by rising demand for octane boosters ahead of the summer driving season. Powering the steady price increase was methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), over which ETBE is priced on a premium, on the back of healthy demand for octanes. The premium over MTBE also jumped in late April, providing a boost to ETBE values.
Starting the quarter just under $800/tonne FOB ARA, ETBE briefly poked its head above $1,100/tonne in mid-June before dipping in line with MTBE, which tracked the slipping EuroBob gasoline prices.
Much higher ETBE demand than expected in April was said to cool slightly in May, with one producer suggesting the early change was linked to blenders needing plenty of ETBE at the start of the quarter as they switched to making summer-specification gasoline. Demand resurged by June and going into July was expected to be even stronger.
Octane boosters were generally tight across Europe towards the end of the second quarter, as a result of strong demand from Asia, particularly China, the US and west Africa.
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