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The impact of the tight global sulphur market may be wearing down as trade activity in China slows and inventories are growing.
Supply is not thought to have significantly improved as refinery turnarounds and regional winter weather continue to be an issue, but demand may be abating. There has been some support from the phosphates market, with firm prices for diammonium phosphate (DAP). However, the international phosphates market may not be robust enough to maintain price increases. This, in turn, may provide a more tempered view for sulphur demand and prices may be subject to decreases.
The low fertilizer tax window from mid-May in China could lead to a ramp up in sulphur consumption, but this will be determined by how healthy the export market will be during the tax window.
Going into 2015, the phosphates market will be a key focus as OCP is expected to commission the first new 1m tonne/year phosphate unit at Jorf Lasfar that might increase sulphur consumption.
Supply remains a significant factor for sulphur looking ahead. It is unclear when the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan will restart, with some estimates indicating that this may not occur until 2015.
In addition, the current scheduling for the UAE’s Shah Gas project for a start-up in the first quarter of 2015 remains uncertain, following the project delays seen in recent months.
Updated to Q1 2014
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