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The weekly Atlantic Basin feedstock report provides all the latest market commentary and spot prices for a range of refined products from the US and European perspective.
The European section deals with a range of refined products from light distillates through to heavy distillates. This includes Naphtha, gasoil barges, gasoil cargoes, fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas, and vacuum gas oil (VGA).
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Feedstocks: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
US spot prices for natural gas liquids (NGLs) will likely continue to be depressed in the first quarter of 2015.
Demand for ethane was very low during the last few months of the 2014, as a spate of cracker outages and weak natural gas futures weighed heavily on the market.
Ethane prices have rebounded since, but significant price support will not happen until some of the major cracker projects come on stream in the next couple of years.
Meanwhile, propane spot prices have followed crude oil lower, and will likely continue to do so.
However, the dip may be partially mitigated by an uptick in propane demand. Propane has become more and more favourable as a petrochemical feedstock because of the myriad of products that can be derived from it.
The low prices have also made propane, as well as normal butane and iso-butane, collectively known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), much more attractive to other countries. Exports of propane reached a record high shortly before the new year.
European demand for naphtha as a petrochemical feedstock in the first quarter is expected to pick up after the Christmas and new year holiday season.
Moreover, the wide price spread between naphtha and alternative feedstock propane is expected to shrink during winter, with petrochemical producers expected to take in slightly more naphtha than during summer.
Meanwhile, in Asia, naphtha prices are poised to face market weakness in tandem with those for crude, which have been hit by Saudi Arabia’s refusal to slash output amid shrinking demand in China.
In the naphtha realm, supply has been overwhelming in particular of deep-sea inflows from northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia and the US, traders said.
As much as 1.9m tonnes of naphtha is expected to arrive in Asia in February from the west, up from 1.7m tonnes slated for delivery in January. The deep-sea supply has been overwhelming since August last year.
The whole complex of naphtha has been mired in contango since early September 2014, underscoring the bearishness, ICIS data showed.
Demand, on the other hand, is sof,t particularly from key economy China.
China, on the other hand, continued to exhibit signs of weakness in industrial production, with its December purchasing managers’ index (PMI) hitting an 18-month low of 50.1.
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