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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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Updated to Q3 2016
Northwest European naphtha cargo spot prices fell marginally in the third quarter of 2016, in line with movements in upstream ICE Brent crude oil futures.
In early July, the naphtha average spot price stood close to $410/tonne CIF (cost, insurance, freight) NWE (northwest Europe) before it fell all the way to around $330/tonne on 2 August. The cargo price then increased gradually through to late August.
European petrochemical demand for naphtha has been stable through the third quarter because of healthy cracker margins.
The arbitrage window to Asia has been shut through almost all of the third quarter because of a narrow price spread between European and Asian naphtha cargoes, the same as in the second quarter.
The naphtha market was well-supported by US gasoline blending demand up until Labour Day which marked the end of the summer driving season.
Low water levels on the Rhine river prevented barges carrying refined oil products from sailing fully loaded along the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-southern Germany route, with barges loaded at 60% of capacity in the Upper Rhine in mid September. There were no major restrictions to barges travelling the Lower Rhine.
Updated to Q1 2016
US ethane spot prices have found strength in the form of exports to Europe.
The first cargo of ethane exports left the US east coast in March. It was going to an INEOS cracker in Scotland.
That shipment held about 7.1m gal of ethane, sourced from the Marcellus and Utica shales in the US northeast. Ethane began to strengthen in the weeks leading up to the shipment, as the US Gulf received fewer supplies from the northeast.
Ethane has fallen in the weeks since that shipment, and an upcoming turnaround season for ethylene plants will weigh on prices further.
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