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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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The European ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) market has shown persistently low spot activity, which continues to remain poor despite the onset of the traditional summer high season for gasoline-related products.
The delayed onset of warmer weather throughout much of Europe has had a continuing influence gasoline demand, leading to high inventories in the region. This is having a knock-on effect on demand for blending components.
The underlying base level of demand, which results from EU-mandated renewable fuel targets, is ever present, and producers continue to report good offtake from contractual customers.
However, additional consumption remains poor and ETBE premiums are at low levels.
MTBE production economics remain good, and ether producers have often opted to make MTBE at the expense of ETBE, because of the superior netbacks available. Ethanol, a feedstock of ETBE, has been at relatively high price levels of late, whereas methanol, from which MTBE is produced, remains much lower in cost.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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