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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 Q1 2016
Spot Europe ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) prices dropped to their weakest point in a year in January 2016, tugged down by weak MTBE, which it is priced at a premium over MTBE.
MTBE was affected by low Eurobob gasoline and the multi-year lows of crude oil which crashed below $30/bbl.
Winter is typically a slow time of year for ETBE, which is blended into petrol, and petrol use is usually weak until at least Easter.
While spot Scandinavian demand for ETBE was said to be weak or non-existent in January, there was some interest for the octane booster much further south of Europe in the Mediterranean.
Tightness in the market pushed up the premium over MTBE midway through the quarter.
By the end of March, interest in ETBE was picking up, most likely as blenders looked ahead to the summer time, and the need for petrol to have a lower Reid Vapour Pressure (RVP). This is a measure of how easily a liquid evaporates in the heat.
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