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ICIS publishes a weekly report on the China methyl tertiary butyl ether or MTBE market.
Our dedicated team of editors and reporters source MTBE ex-refinery prices from over 50 refineries in China; as well as providing assessments on CFR China, FOB China and FOB Singapore prices.
The weekly report provides detailed analysis of market trends, helping users to understand the reason for price movements.
We report on current and upcoming shut downs and outages in the region and important drivers such as the trend in crude and gasoline futures.
Information on key downstream demand from gasoline blenders and upstream supply of C4 and methanol is also provided.
Collaboration with the global team at ICIS helps ensure developments in the Chinese market are put into a global context. This is essential as Asia is a net importer of MTBE and can be strongly influenced by conditions in the US and Europe.
Our China MTBE report is used by traders from the domestic Chinese and global MTBE markets supplying them with all the pricing and industry information they need to make informed business and trading decisions.
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Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) spot weekly prices rose by 3.4% from mid-August to $1,139–1,196/tonne (€851–894) CFR (cost & freight) China in mid-November.
The prices increased by 5.3% to $1,129–1,136/tonne CFR Singapore over the same period, while prices on a FOB (free on board) Singapore-basis were 5.7% higher at $1,119–1,126/tonne.
Prices increased in tandem with London Brent crude futures, which increased by 7.5% in the week ending 11 November to $114.30/bbl at the close of Asia trading.
The MTBE market faced tight supply because of plant maintenance in the Middle East. Blending demand surged in Singapore, as Shell Singapore actively sought gasoline following a fire incident in late September, which led to the shutdown of its 500,000 bbl/day refinery at the Bukom site.
However, Chinese demand was on a need-to basis because of weaker car sales growth. In China, buying interest receded after a reduction in gasoline prices by yuan 300/tonne, or 3.2%, in October.
Huge MTBE imports limited the crude-driven gains in CFR China prices, while domestic production increased after the end of maintenance and new plant start-ups.
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