Biodiesel Prices, markets & analysis
The ICIS global biodiesel report gives you the complete view of the global biodiesel market and ability to track the market movements, regardless of whether you are located in Asia, Europe or the Americas.
The comprehensive report enables you to quickly assess the markets and gain deeper insight on the ever-changing biodiesel markets.
Global biodiesel prices are also available via FTP.
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Biodiesel Overview Transcript
In the US biodiesel is an emerging market. It was reduced to about 10% of its production capacity, as the Federal tax credit disappeared and has now reappeared.
With the reappearance of that, biodiesel is beginning to find its footing in the US market.
The material is highly dependent on the crude oil markets, it’s traded at a premium to heating oil, the spread on heating oil sets the prices for biodiesel that is, being looked at for basis on trading on spot market. There are no contracts in the US biodiesel markets at this time.
The market is also dependent on the crude-glycerine co-product and that material is also watched very closely for its availability for sales.
Most of the biodiesel in the US right now is traded at a premium, a spread to heating oil. The heating oil market, that has been the most successful area for domestic biodiesel sales as a blendstock it’s still finding its feet. It’s coming back into viability on the back of a reinstatement of the Federal tax credit $1/gal blender credit.
It’ll offer the players in the market more opportunity to find domestic sales for the product.
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Updated to Q3 2014
The spot prices of biodiesel in the southeast Asian market
were on a downward trend in the third quarter of the year, following the
generally softer gasoil prices, despite a relatively healthy spread between gasoil
and palm oil. Towards the end of the quarter, spot prices were at
$800-815/tonne FOB (free on board) southeast (SE) Asia.
Updated to Q4 2014
The European biodiesel market has had a volatile quarter so far with plunging crude oil values creating price fluctuations in the ICE gasoil markets and consequently in outright biodiesel prices.
Biodiesel premiums over ICE gasoil have firmed as a result of lower ICE gasoil prices, with Renewable Energy Directive (RED)-certified rapeseed methyl ester (RME) trading at a premium of over $300/tonne FOB (free on board) NWE (northwest Europe) during the second week of December.
The fourth quarter tends be the time of year when demand for RME RED is higher as its cold filter plugging point (CFPP) is more suitable for colder temperatures.
As a result, the majority of demand has been focused on RME RED, with the price gap between it and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) 0 RED widening despite trading close to parity for most of 2014.
Although spot buying interest in the European biodiesel market has been relatively healthy, forward buying interest has been quiet amid concerns about changes in German legislation set to be implemented from 1 January 2015 and uncertainty surrounding future crude oil movements.
Updated to Q4 2014
In the US, the fate of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) mandated blending volumes and reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive has been the main focus. The American sector is anxious to reinstate the $1/gal biodiesel tax incentive that expired on 31 December 2013 and the get a final ruling on the federally-mandated blending volumes. The future of that incentive and blending volumes are considered to be critical by most biodiesel producers. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to maintain the biomass-based diesel standard for 2014 and 2015 at the 2013 level of 1.28bn gallons. In late November, the EPA announced it would not be finalising the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) requirements by the end of the year, forcing the ruling to be delayed until 2015. The US House of Representatives voted to pass a short-term tax extenders package on 3 December that would reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive retroactive to its expiration on 1 January 2014, through the end of this year. Many in the sector expect the US Senate to approve the bill following the US House’s approval, but the outcome is still unknown.
The ICIS global biodiesel report offers weekly spot prices and market developments on all mainstream grades of biodiesel in Asia, Europe, US and Argentina, all in one publication.
The report includes price quotes for rapeseed methyl ester (RME), soy methyl ester (SME), fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and palm methyl ester (PME).
The spot price assessments are based on FOB (free on board) NWE (northwest Europe), FOB Rotterdam, CIF (cost, insurance & freight) ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp), T2, FOB Rosario, FOB Midwest, FD (free delivered) Midwest, FOB USG (US Gulf) and FOB SE Asia (southeast Asia).
In addition, it provides key transaction summaries and production news, including plant operating rates, new plant capacities, start-ups, scheduled and unplanned shutdowns.
Contract prices of feedstocks such as vegetable oil, ICE gasoil and crude glycerine are also included for reference.
All the price assessments are generated based on information collected from producers, distributors, traders and end-users, among other sources, collected by locally based editors throughout the week.
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