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Updated to Q1 2017
MTBE prices rose between mid-January and early February, hitting a high of around $705/tonne FOB (free on board) Singapore, on the back of strong buying interest from Chinese importers before the Lunar New Year holiday.
The market was boosted because sellers of both January and February loading dutiable/non-dutiable shipments were able to find demand outlets in China.
Meanwhile, in the Singapore market, demand was equally brisk for MTBE because of the workable blending margins amid a wide RON95-92 spread. Some blenders found it economical to engage in higher-RON gasoline blending and this gave support to overall FOB SIngapore prices.
Furthermore, blending margins were relatively positive with the motor gasoline (mogas) cracks above $10/bbl for most of January and February.
In the second half of February, however, FOB Singapore prices started to give back gains because of the weaker-than-expected Chinese demand for imports. This was against a backdrop of poorer domestic gasoline blending margins and sufficient MTBE supply in the yuan-denominated market.
Most cargoes for March and April arrival remained stuck in Singapore as a result of the poor Chinese demand.
Demand in Singapore for MTBE was equally lacklustre after mogas cracks fell back to $8-9/bbl and the RON95-92 spread fluctuated at $1.50-2.20/bbl. This further weighed on FOB Singapore prices.
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For industry players participating in Asian markets, ICIS daily price reports are a fundamental tool to navigating these uncertain times profitably.
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