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The ICIS European ethylene report is a benchmark report which means that the prices that we publish are referenced widely in industry contracts.
We cover the contract market on a monthly basis and we quote prices on a free delivered (FD) northwest European (NWE) basis.
This is an industry agreed price, which means that key producers and key consumes exchange price ideas and negotiate to find a settlement in the last week of every month.
We also cover the spot market, on the pipeline sector on a FD basis and also for the deep-sea cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal sector.
Our prices are accurate, and timely because we ensure that we speak to as many people as possible in the industry from a broad spectrum of producers, consumers, and traders.
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Updated to Q2 2015
The European ethylene supply and demand balance was extremely tight in the second quarter of 2015 because of a series of unprecedented outages at European crackers.
Supply was hit hardest in May, tipped over the edge by outages at four crackers alongside the ongoing absence of tonnes from the Moerdijk, Netherlands, cracker, as well as two planned maintenances.
Spot prices rose to highs not seen since for a couple of years – premiums of 12-14% against the prevailing contract price were regularly traded. This compared with spot trades a year earlier at contract price minus 20-25% – and the peak of the market was seen at €1,300/tonne on the pipeline.
Such prices attracted US, Brazilian and Mexican volumes away from Asia and at least six ethylene cargoes were fixed to arrive in May-June.
Contract prices rose €55/tonne in April, €80/tonne in May and €60/tonne in June to €1,105/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe). The latter two settlements were driven by the extraordinary supply situation as feedstock values were largely flat.
The tightness began to be alleviated in June as cracker issues were being resolved, and news that the Moerdijk cracker will restart in July is seeing market sentiment begin to turn bearish.
The ICIS European ethylene report is a benchmark report, which means that the prices that we publish are referenced widely in industry contracts.
We cover the contract market on a monthly basis and we quote prices on a free delivered (FD) northwest European-basis (NWE).
This is an industry agreed price, which means that key producers and key consumers exchange price ideas and negotiate to find a settlement in the last week of every month.
We also cover the spot market on the pipeline sector on a FD-basis and the deep-sea cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal sector.
Our prices are accurate and timely because we speak to people in the industry from a broad spectrum of producers, consumers and traders.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ethylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS pricing plant performance data (PPD) reports track activities at ethylene plants and crude oil refineries globally. These monthly reports* record total or nameplate capacity, operating rates as well as shutdowns and other developments at individual production facilities. The reports are available in a paper wallchart format or are downloadable from the ICIS pricing website as a CSV or excel file.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Therefore information published is an estimate of plant activity in the report month. This may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
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