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Updated to Q1 2017
US ethylene contracts for January and February rose, tracking the overall increase in spot prices amid tighter-than-expected supply. However, spot prices have been trending down, returning to levels before the start of the year on the back of improving availability.
While there were two cracker turnarounds scheduled for the first quarter, one unit shut down earlier than anticipated. With two plants undergoing planned maintenance starting in mid-January and some unexpected production issues, spot prices rose nearly 30% from early January to mid-February. However, that pressure began to ease, and spot prices slipped back to the mid-20s cents/lb.
In late February, Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) and Mexichem announced that their new joint venture cracker in Ingleside, Texas, had begun operations on schedule and is currently in a production stabilisation phase.
The cracker will have an ethylene capacity of 1.2bn lb/year (544,000 tonnes/year) and will provide OxyChem with feedstock for the production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). Mexichem will use the VCM to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins and pipe. The two companies have a 20-year supply agreement.
The US ethylene report offers an assessment of the spot process and contract quotes that reflects the benchmark price for the monomer in the US market.
We keep our subscribers updated on anything that could potentially move the market, such as outages, start-ups, or planned maintenance.
Additionally, the report includes feedstock prices and monthly production data. The ethylene report from the US has a wealth of information for traders, producers and buyers. Anyone buying or selling any chemical made from ethylene can benefit greatly from the report.
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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