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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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Asian palm methyl ester (PME) prices trended down in December and largely remained at below $900/tonne FOB (free on board) southeast (SE) Asia in January. However, prices have been on an uptrend since February, tracking increases in the crude palm oil market.
Producers kept their selling indications high in February and March, citing squeezed margins. However, buyers showed resistance to high prices and discussions slowed down as the stalemate continued.
Updated to Q1 2014
Spot demand in the European biodiesel market has been on the sluggish side over the quarter, although forward-buying activity has been more active.
Sources said this was because a number of buyers had covered their needs during the fourth quarter.
The gap between fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) 0 and rapeseed methyl ester (RME) premiums has been narrow throughout the quarter and towards the end of the quarter, FAME 0 and RME premiums were trading at parity.
Sources said this is because RME is now the main ingredient in FAME 0 blends because of a lack of soybean methyl ester (SME) and palm methyl ester (PME).
Updated to Q1 2014
The Argentine biodiesel market has been focused on anti-dumping duties to be imposed by the European Union, effectively halting imports into Argentina’s largest export destination.
The European Commission (EC) disclosed a proposal for higher definitive anti-dumping duties against biodiesel imports from Argentina.
Last May the EC imposed temporary tariffs on imports of soy methyl ester (SME) from Argentina with a tariff rate of 6-10%. The new rates heard in the market are much higher, 22-25%, according to sources in the region.
Argentine SME sales to Europe, the main foreign buyer for local producers, have plummeted since May, when the EU set provisional tariffs for import.
US biodiesel values have remained on a downtrend since mid-August as the heating oil bean oil (HOBO) spread followed the energy complex and crude oil prices lower. Additionally, the sector has been subdued as the market remains concerned about the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to limit the federally mandated renewable volumes for 2014.
If the renewable volumes for 2014 resemble the numbers in a leaked EPA draft circulated last month, it means a significant reduction in volumes for the biodiesel industry. The EPA is expected to release its proposed biofuel targets for 2014 sometime this month and producers are anxiously awaiting what could mean serious change for the industry.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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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