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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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Feedstock naphtha sales into the European petrochemical sector rose in January as buyers restocked following Christmas and New Year holidays.
Western Europe’s mild winter during the first quarter of 2014 precluded demand for propane as a heating fuel, which undermined pricing in barge and cargo markets.
Naphtha lost a large chunk of its petrochemical buyers to the cheaper propane market towards the end of January as the spread between the two feedstocks widened.
Nevertheless, naphtha demand was sustained as it produces more co-product crude C4, the precursor for butadiene (BD), which was 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.
Feedstocks liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – propane and butane – and naphtha are used to produce ethylene, propylene, BD and other widely used petrochemicals derivatives in Europe.
Demand for vacuum gasoil (VGO) – used to make many distillates and base oils – from the key US export market was volatile, with premiums fluctuating accordingly.
Most refineries in Europe have entered the spring refinery maintenance season.
Updated to Q1 2014
US ethane spot prices from the Mont Belvieu hub in Texas traded in a tight range over the last three months on steady demand from petrochemical plants.
There have been no major plant startups or shutdowns since mid-August. Prices were assessed in a range of 23.88-26.50 cents/gal.
Williams’s Geismar cracker in Louisiana is the only major facility still down for repairs. It was damaged on 13 June in an explosion that killed two people and injured 70 others. The company has targeted April 2014 for its restart.
US propane spot prices from the Mont Belvieu hub in Texas reached an 18-month high in November.
Since mid-August, propane was a asssessed in a range of 106.25-118.15 cents/gal.
Record exports and increasing domestic consumption have cut into substantial US supplies that continue to grow.
Meanwhile, normal butane and iso-butane spot prices at Mont Belvieu have been volatile over the same period, as a result of unstable gasoline prices.
Premiums of US vacuum gas oil (VGO) increased some during the third quarter of 2013, but remain well below highs seen earlier this year. Recently, a gain in gasoline profits has boosted the need for VGO, causing higher premiums for the product.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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