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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).
For each of these markets, I speak to a wide range of contacts including producers, buyers, and brokers. Drawing on this broad base of knowledge enables ICIS to make comprehensive commentary on market events and also form an accurate and balanced view of any activity in the market-- tends which might be occurring. Sometimes contacts might be able to predict where they might thing the market might head.
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Feedstocks: Market overview
Most refineries in Europe have entered the spring refinery maintenance season, and feedstock supply is expected to be tight.
A tightness in the prompt naphtha market could be offset if demand from the US and Asian markets pick up.
US demand for gasoline might pick up on the back of the approaching summer driving season, thereby boosting demand for naphtha.
In Asia, the cracker maintenance season is likely to dampen demand for naphtha, but European traders will still export feedstocks depending on arbitrage movement.
Even if propane continues to be cheaper than naphtha, naphtha demand among petrochemical producers will be sustained as it produces more co-product crude C4, the precursor for butadiene (BD) which is short in Europe.
Butane, although more expensive than propane thanks to gasoline blending demand during Q1, also became popular due to the strength of derivative BD and this might continue.
Gasoil supply is short in Europe, but this could be made up by ongoing imports from Russia and the US.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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