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Fuel ethanol: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
The European fuel ethanol market is on a downward trend with prices reaching record highs for 2014 in early September.
Values peaked because of lower operating rates and a lack of imported volumes. However, prices are significantly backwardated as market supply has improved.
Furthermore, healthy crop outlooks for corn and wheat have also exerted downward pressure on fuel ethanol values going forwards as cheaper feedstock costs are being factored into market prices.
These lower feedstock costs are also contributing to ongoing price decreases in the US and Asia.
With corn prices expected to remain low, fuel ethanol production in the US is likely to be healthy. Some players hope the export market will pick up, bringing more balanced market conditions.
Adding to this pressure was a report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) that noted an abundance of ethanol supplies in the wake of faltering gasoline demand.
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Fuel Ethanol Methodology
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.