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Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) spot weekly prices rose by 3.4% from mid-August to $1,139–1,196/tonne (€851–894) CFR (cost & freight) China in mid-November.
The prices increased by 5.3% to $1,129–1,136/tonne CFR Singapore over the same period, while prices on a FOB (free on board) Singapore-basis were 5.7% higher at $1,119–1,126/tonne.
Prices increased in tandem with London Brent crude futures, which increased by 7.5% in the week ending 11 November to $114.30/bbl at the close of Asia trading.
The MTBE market faced tight supply because of plant maintenance in the Middle East. Blending demand surged in Singapore, as Shell Singapore actively sought gasoline following a fire incident in late September, which led to the shutdown of its 500,000 bbl/day refinery at the Bukom site.
However, Chinese demand was on a need-to basis because of weaker car sales growth. In China, buying interest receded after a reduction in gasoline prices by yuan 300/tonne, or 3.2%, in October.
Huge MTBE imports limited the crude-driven gains in CFR China prices, while domestic production increased after the end of maintenance and new plant start-ups.
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