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Fuel ethanol: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2016
There is a mixed outlook for Europe fuel ethanol values moving into the second quarter of 2016. Although prices fell during the first quarter of 2016 from above €600/cbm to the mid-€400s/cbm on a FOB Rotterdam basis, some market players believe this was a price correction too far. There is now an expectation prices will rebound, as is seasonally typical with the approach of the summer driving season , together with preparations for the usual rise in fuel demand by blenders. However a confused forward pricing structure in the latter half of March 2016 has produced uncertainty about price direction: the March to April spread wobbled between backwardation and contango by a couple of euros, with April to May in contango.
At the start of Q2, European prices made an eastwards arbitrage with the US look outlandish, and a Brazil arb seemed similarly unlikely. Volumes had already sailed over from the US and Latin America in the first quarter , providing a cushion of product that helped to deflate prices. Fears surrounding the fate of Spain-based producer Abengoa – which filed for insolvency protection in late November 2015 – and the future of its European bioethanol plants have calmed, after the group negotiated a seven-month extension to a deadline for loan repayments in March. The group has announced plans it intends to sell its biofuel assets.
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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.