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The ICIS European propylene report is a benchmark report, which means that the prices that we publish are widely referenced in industry contracts.
We cover the contract market, which is a monthly market, and we cover that on a free delivered northwest European basis. This is an industry-agreed price, which means that key producers and key consumers exchange price ideas, and negotiate a new settlement in the last week of every month.
We also cover the spot market both on the chemical grade sector and in the polymer grade sector. We cover prices on an inland basis; on a free delivered (FD) northwest European (NWE) basis; and in the deep-sea market on cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal basis.
Market fundamentals such as supply, production issues both planned and unplanned and demand derivatives on the derivative markets downstream are all covered on a weekly basis in the report.
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US polymer-grade propylene (PGP) and chemical-grade propylene (CGP) contracts gained 2.5 cents/lb ($55/tonne) during the third quarter, tracking tighter supply and higher feedstock costs.
Supply tightened as refinery operating rates were slightly lower, owing to the end of the summer driving season.
Most US crackers also switched to lighter feeds because of the cost advantage, as export demand for propane boosted prices.
Propylene demand during the quarter was steady year on year, but softened from the second quarter as construction activity waned.
Spot prices for PGP were largely steady during the quarter, increasing by 0.375 cents/lb, while spot prices for refinery-grade propylene (RGP) fell by 2.000 cents/lb during the quarter on weaker demand from the gasoline market.
However, RGP availability tightened during the quarter, with some sellers able to point to alkylation values in the 60s cents/lb range as a possible destination for prices in the fourth quarter.
The increase in PGP and fall in RGP boosted margins for propylene splitters to 10 cents/lb.
Updated to mid-November 2013
The ICIS European propylene report is a benchmark report, which means the prices published are widely referenced in industry contracts. We cover the contract market, which is a monthly market, on a free delivered (FD) northwest Europe (NWE) basis.
This is an industry agreed price, meaning that key producers and key consumers can exchange price ideas and negotiate a new settlement in the last week of every month.
ICIS covers the spot market, both on the chemical grade sector and the polymer grade sector. Additionally, we cover prices on an inland basis, on a free delivered (FD) northwest European (NWE) basis and in the deep-sea market on a cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal basis.
Market fundamentals, such as supply-demand developments and production issues, both planned and unplanned, in the derivative markets downstream are all covered on a weekly basis in the report.
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