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Ethyl tertiary butyl ether Europe Transcript
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 Q3 2016
European spot ETBE prices began the third quarter above $700/tonne but were dragged below that in early July with methyl tertiary butyl ethers' (MTBE) move downwards.
ETBE is priced at a premium over MTBE. MTBE prices were at their lowest level since 2009 apart from the exception of the first quarter of 2016.
Summer is typically a strong period for ETBE, as the driving season boosts gasoline demand. Good demand for ETBE was noted in western European holiday destinations, with the exception of Spain, where demand is understood to have been dented by its switch to a common target for biofuels. (Biodiesel is being favoured instead of ethanol-derived fuels, as diesel is more widely used than petrol in Spain.)
Supply was variously described as balanced to slightly tight through the quarter, but by the end of the period healthy availability and competition among sellers were observed.
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