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Updated to Q1 2017
The European contract price for methanol in the first quarter jumped significantly from the fourth quarter, as the region played catch up with global values, and in particular, with dominant China.
Following this, spot methanol prices in Europe rose swiftly through the first quarter to double the level they were at the start of 2016.
European spot prices roughly reached parity with China partway through the quarter, although Europe was not able to draw in volumes easily from suppliers, such as the Middle East, which had been optimised towards Asia.
Supply was tight in the Mediterranean and in northwest Europe following a number of global outages. Gas curtailment has hindered Trinidadian output; Iran's Zagros trimmed production rates at one plant and briefly shut down a second and Oman's Salalah plant also had a small shutdown. The idled Azerbaijani plant, which has a 560,000 tonne/year capacity, remains closed.
Painfully low Rhine river levels of around 60cm complicated the market dynamic early in the quarter. Stifled demand from some major consumers unable to get product via barges, is said to have prompted competing methanol purchasers in downstream markets to run high to take advantage. The scenario eased when the Rhine rose: after January's shallow depths, it shot up in February, and by March it was above 300cm.
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