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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.
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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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European methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) prices continued to increase during late August, with the summer demand for gasoline and blending components boosting the bullish sentiment within the market.
MTBE prices hit a third-quarter high of $1,252/tonne FOB (free on board) AR (Amsterdam-Rotterdam) on 30 August, and declined thereafter, with weaker gasoline demand taking hold of prices as Europe headed towards the autumn months.
Prices continued to gradually decline throughout September and October, compounded by weaker upstream energy values as well as a lower factor level.
Declining gasoline interest from overseas led to limited export opportunities and increased availability of material in Europe. This further stifled demand from gasoline blenders, leading to further downward pressure being placed on prices.
MTBE spot prices hit a new low of the year as a result, with a trade of $1,016/tonne FOB AR taking place in late October.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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