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Updated to Q2 2017
European spot ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) prices climbed steadily at the start of April to over $890/tonne FOB ARA, their highest level since late August 2015.
Values dipped to just over $800/tonne FOB ARA in mid-May on the back of falling methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) prices, before rebounding at the end of May and into June.
ETBE is priced at a premium to MTBE. In May, MTBE prices were dragged down amid weaker gasoline values.
Demand was fairly low at the beginning of the quarter, with market players awaiting the summer driving season. The higher seasonal demand kicked in around the end of May.
ETBE supply was tight at the start of the quarter due to several turnarounds at feedstock C4 crackers in Europe throughout April. The tightness continued into May but started to ease towards the end of the month and into June as the plants came back on line.
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