The ICIS Ethylene oxide market is covered in Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
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Ethylene oxide: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2018
European ethylene oxide (EO) supply is likely to remain snug until November amid planned turnarounds. BASF is planning a significant capacity expansion at its EO and derivatives complex in Antwerp, Belgium. INEOS also announced plans to invest in Europe, including €150m in Antwerp for increased EO production, storage, distribution and de-bottlenecking.
European ethylene oxide (EO) demand is expected to remain at a good level going forward, notably in the long term. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in Europe is forecast at 1.2% over the next 10 years. Given this assumption, EO demand is expected to exceed existing European capacity by 2028.
Supply is expected to remain steady as the peak ethylene glycols and ethanolamines season wraps up. Contract prices will overall remain under upward pressure from high ethane cash costs, although feedstock ethylene supply should remain ample with the planned start-up of new capacity.
Downstream demand will slow down in the fourth quarter. The peak PET season will start to wind down with the onset of colder weather. Meanwhile, the peak antifreeze season will pick up as buyers stock up on product for blending purposes. However, the antifreeze sector is a smaller end-user than PET.
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Ethylene Oxide Methodology
About Ethylene oxide
Ethylene oxide (EO) is the simplest cyclic ether and is a highly reactive, colourless gas due to the strain in its ring structure. It decomposes on heating above 500oC and may polymerise due to heating, under the influence of acids, bases, metal chlorides and metal oxides.
EO is used primarily in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) which is used mainly in the production of polyesters and antifreeze.
Other EO derivatives include ethoxylates (used in shampoo), ethanolamines (used in surfactants, personal care products), glycol ethers (used in solvents and fuels), polyethylene glycols (used in toothpaste) and polyalkylene glycols (used in antifoam agents).