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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
Europe: Pricing volatility in ICE Brent crude oil futures continues to drive European feedstock values.
This has led to concerns about the detrimental effect price volatility is likely to have on demand, particularly for naphtha. The European naphtha market, which is structurally long, has become increasingly dependent on arbitrage opportunities to Asia.
Rival feedstock propane has often been priced significantly below naphtha, rendering the former the first choice for petrochemical buyers.
The US summer driving season normally boosts demand for European gasoline, and blending components such as naphtha. However, gasoline requirements in recent years have been less than usual, and the impact of the season on the naphtha market is relatively modest.
Europe’s vacuum gasoil (VGO) market has seen ongoing healthy demand from the US.
Gasoil demand is expected to decline during summer, after a pick-up in sales during winter for use as heating fuel.
US: The market for refined products has been volatile because of contradictory indicators on the speed of US economic growth, as well as a busy refinery maintenance season, with planned and unplanned outages, particularly in the US Gulf Coast and Midwest regions.
This caused the peak retail gasoline price average to hit a high earlier than usual. The current high in the US is $3.79/gal, which was reached on 27 February.
Lack of demand has been the major factor affecting the naphtha and vacuum gasoil (VGO) markets.
US spot prices for natural gas liquids (NGL), such as ethane and propane, have been mixed in recent weeks.
Ethane prices weakened since the start of the summer. They have remained in a tight range.
Ethane prices have hit a price purgatory, as domestic demand is unlikely to rise significantly until several cracker projects come on line in 2016 and 2017.
Prices have largely followed natural gas futures, as a result of widespread ethane rejection, where the NGL is not separated from the stream and sold to heat and power homes and businesses.
US propane spot prices have strengthened significantly in recent weeks.
The rising popularity of exports have eaten into the significant supply surplus brought on by shale gas production.
In fact, recent statistics have shown dwindling inventories even as consumption wanes.
As a result, prices have risen to 10-month highs.
Updated to August 2013