Propylene oxide Prices, markets & analysis
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Propylene Oxide Overview Transcript
Propylene oxide or PO is a highly reactive liquid and is an important intermediate in the production of polyether polyols and monopropylene glycol MPG.
PO is produced via three main technologies in Asia: chlorohydrin, POSM or styrene monomer and HPPO or hydrogen peroxide to PO processes.
The Asian market has both spot and contract prices, Japan contract prices take a steer from naphtha contract prices, whereas the South Korea contract and the China spot prices are dependent on a key feedstock: propylene.
Japan contract prices take a steer from naphtha contract prices, whereas the South Korea contract and the China spot prices are dependent on a key feedstock: propylene.
Other raw materials such as chlorine and hydrogen peroxide, are also price-determining factors, dependent upon technology used.
In China, which is both the largest producer and consumer in the world, most PO units use chlorohydrin technology. So fluctuations in the local chlorine prices have a significant impact on Chinese PO prices.
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Updated to Q3 2014
In the US, there are four major producers of propylene oxide (PO). The bulk of production is for captive consumption, and minimal market information is available. Product usage is typically for integrated downstream operations, for example, monopropylene glycol (MPG). The ICIS monthly contract assessment is a calculation based on the price of feedstock propylene.
US PO prices for September were gauged at 89.70-93.70 cents/lb FOB, on a formula-based assessment related to the price of feedstock propylene.
PO availability tightened in the US in the third quarter because of a disruption at Huntsman’s PO/methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant in Port Neches, Texas, on 15 August. The plant was back running in September. The industrial accident at Shell/BASF’s joint venture PO/styrene monomer (SM) plant in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, in early June also caused concern in global markets, including the US.
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