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Updated to Q4 2016
Spot MTBE prices in Europe hit a three-month high early in the quarter, pushing into the low-$600s/tonne, lifted by stronger Eurobob gasoline values. They plummeted to $500/tonne in November, then saw a fairly steady climb later that month into December, tracking crude oil's push upwards.
Winter is typically a weak period of demand for MTBE, as there is a switch to winter specification gasoline, which usually contains a smaller amount of the blending component. Despite this, good demand for the octane booster was seen in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) and Mediterranean regions at the start of the quarter.
Restricted availability of feedstock Raffinate-1 could be leading to lower production levels of MTBE, it was suggested in October.
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