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Updated to Q2 2017
A bullish start to 2017 for European methanol prices turned dramatically in the second quarter. Spot price rises, which peaked at €400/tonne in late March, reversed sharply, to around €265/tonne in early June. This was led by depressed Asian values, with Chinese developments continuing to be a major influence on Europe’s market.
The spot price crash left the market in an unusual position regarding contract prices, as the second-quarter European contract price was very high compared with spot values by the end of the quarter.
Through Q2, the market tipped from balanced to long. Most European methanol plants were running by June. Total’s facility in Germany was temporarily closed in May for a turnaround, while a fire had also hit its refinery. The re-emergence of Azerbaijan’s methanol took some by surprise, with new owners SOCAR launching back into market with more than 70,000 tonnes.
Meanwhile, methanol demand was healthy in Europe, with a peak consumption period for derivative markets. A reduction in demand from German methanol consumer Evonik, when its methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) facility shut temporarily, was short lived.
The Europe methanol report publishes both spot and quarterly contract prices, both of which form benchmarks in the European market. We also publish daily prices via the price alert system giving a complete overview of pricing in the European market.
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