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Updated to Q2 2018
US methanol spot and contract prices moved lower in the first quarter of 2018 on improving supply and lingering derivative plant issues. The slippage stems from anticipation of the expected start-up of the OCI/Natgasoline unit in Beaumont, Texas, a 1.8m tonne/year project that will be the largest in the US when it opens later this year, probably later in the second quarter or even in the third quarter.
US methanol spot barge prices have been largely in decline so far this year after hitting 130 cents/gal in January. Besides the new Texas plant start-up, there were some derivative plant issues contributing to the depressed spot prices. One issue stems from LyondellBasell’s force majeure on acetic acid that was declared in mid-February but lifted in late March. Methanol is a major feedstock for acetic acid. Another issue could be production problems at BP, which operates an acetic acid unit in Texas City that is owned by Eastman Chemical.
The ICIS US Gulf (USG) methanol report is a weekly report that contains the monthly contract price in cents per gallon, which is then converted to dollars per tonne.
The report has the latest spot barge prices in cents per gallon and converted to dollars per tonne. The spot barge prices are broken down into the price range for the week and the latest prices we have for the end of the week.
These prices are reported to us each week by buyers and sellers. The report often contains the latest price for natural gas, which is the major feedstock, and includes plant news, including reports on plants and projects in Europe.
The ICIS report is invaluable to customers being a benchmark report that offers exclusive methanol prices, news and analysis that can not be found else.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methanol. 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.
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