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Updated to Q2 2017
In general, ethylene remained firm throughout most of the quarter with supply constrained through maintenances and some unexpected glitches here and there. However, this largely only affected those few players needing to supplement volumes through structural spot exposure – most players had maximised contract volumes and experienced little issue.
Spot activity was thin throughout as uncertainty regarding output from crackers kept players cautious. Availability started to improve as some cracker maintenances came to an end, but players still focused on swaps deals rather than outright trade. Spot prices fell in May as affordability started to become a concern, particularly for some grades of polyethylene (PE), where demand was not as strong as expected and softer feedstock led to expectations of lower prices going forward. All cracker maintenances were expected to be complete in June, so a longer supply and demand balance was anticipated by the end of the quarter.
The April ethylene contract reference price settled at €1,050/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe) and this was rolled over into May. A €35/tonne decrease was secured in June, largely in line with upstream declines.
The ICIS European ethylene report is a benchmark report, which means that the prices that we publish are referenced widely in industry contracts.
We cover the contract market on a monthly basis and we quote prices on a free delivered (FD) northwest European-basis (NWE).
This is an industry agreed price, which means that key producers and key consumers exchange price ideas and negotiate to find a settlement in the last week of every month.
We also cover the spot market on the pipeline sector on a FD-basis and the deep-sea cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal sector.
Our prices are accurate and timely because we speak to people in the industry from a broad spectrum of producers, consumers and traders.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ethylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS pricing plant performance data (PPD) reports track activities at ethylene plants and crude oil refineries globally. These monthly reports* record total or nameplate capacity, operating rates as well as shutdowns and other developments at individual production facilities. The reports are available in a paper wallchart format or are downloadable from the ICIS pricing website as a CSV or excel file.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Therefore information published is an estimate of plant activity in the report month. This may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
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