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Fuel ethanol: Market overview
European demand for fuel ethanol usually increases in Q2 as the summer driving season approaches.
Europe is currently the cheapest region for fuel ethanol and export opportunities have opened as a result.
US spot prices remained high in Q1, as severe winter weather kept supplies from getting to the US east and west coasts.
A lack of rail cars has exacerbated the situation, as ethanol production remains high because of strong margins.
Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices may decline throughout Q2 as inventories rise following the full start-up by late April of all 300 Brazilian ethanol plants in the centre-south. Anhydrous ethanol prices may also ease for the same reason.
If seasonal rains were to abnormally intensify in April, sugar cane productivity could be threatened and prices would increase, sources said.
Asian anhydrous ethanol spot prices are expected to remain volatile as supply from US and Brazil remains uncertain. In the hydrous sector, spot prices are likely to firm on stable demand amid reduced supply from Brazil.
Updated to mid-April 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.