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Fuel ethanol: Market overview
US fuel ethanol prices hit near-record highs during the second quarter of 2014.
A supply shortage brought on by a lack of railroad cars and engines, sent prices to pre-recession levels.
In fact, prices in the northeast US got so high that imported Brazilian ethanol became competitive with domestic product.
However, those supply shortages have since been filled in abundance as railroad transportation opened up late in the second quarter.
Spot prices have taken a nosedive since peaking in late March. For example, spot prices at the integral Argo terminal in Chicago fell by 37.4% since then.
The decline in New York Harbor prices has been even more dramatic, at 47.6%.
Supplies have been replenished and then some, as ethanol production has been at record levels as a result of good refining margins.
Feedstock corn futures declined during the quarter. They topped $5.00/bushel early in the quarter, but prices soon declined, as crop estimates showed supplies would be robust for the coming year.
Updated to Q2 2014
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About Fuel ethanol
The largest outlet for ethanol is a fuel, gasoline extender and oxygenate additive to gasoline. Ethanol also has other uses such as a solvent, the manufacture of a number of chemical intermediates, and as an additive to food and beverages.
Fuel-grade ethanol or bio-ethanol is made from the fermentation of corn or sugar cane although other feedstocks such as sugar beat, grains and other carbohydrates can be used. Second generation processes are being developed to use grasses, straw, and wood and agricultural wastes.
In Europe, ethanol is blended directly into gasoline but is also used to make ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE), a gasoline oxygenate and extender. Some European methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) manufacturers have the flexibility to produce both MTBE and ETBE.
The US is the world’s largest producer of bio-ethanol with most of its ethanol produced from corn. Most cars in the US can run on blends of up to 10% ethanol.
Brazil is the second largest producer but produces its bio-ethanol from sugar cane. Many of Brazil’s light vehicles are flexible fuel vehicles that can run on any proportion of gasoline and ethanol. Brazil has started manufacturing polyethylene (PE) from ethylene made from bio-ethanol.