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ICIS publishes two methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) reports, a daily and a weekly, as well as a daily price alert system covering free on board (FOB) Rotterdam and Amsterdam price.
The weekly report, in addition to the pricing, contains in-depth commentary and analysis. This is deprived from conversations with buyers, sellers, traders – a whole range of market sources.
MTBE is a global product and as such we look at the global picture. Prices in Europe can be influenced by demand in Venezuela for example, and more particularly demand from Asia. This is because, although there is production in Europe, the majority of material is imported from the Middle East and as such Europe has to complete with Asia for the Middle Eastern product.
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Updated to Q1 2015
Traditionally-weak winter prices for methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in Europe were disrupted in the first quarter of 2015.
Absolute prices for MTBE in the spot market tracked the fall and recovery of crude oil. Prices rose from $523-661/tonne FOB (free on board) AR (Amsterdam-Rotterdam) in the first week of January to $690-747/tonne FOB AR in mid-March, with a quarterly high at $819/tonne. However, the factor against the price of Eurobob gasoline – a good indicator for the value of MTBE – was boosted above normal levels for the winter fuel blending season.
With several MTBE plants in Texas, USA, down for maintenance, more European product than usual was imported to meet demand in Latin America. The plants are expected to come back on line by the second quarter.
In mid-March, MTBE spot values fell slightly, despite the approach of summer blending. Sources attributed this to well-stocked blenders, a long market and the restart of one European MTBE plant after an alleged turnaround.
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