ICIS' coverage of the Ethanol market is published weekly in Asia, Europe, Latin America. Price assessments cover anhydrous and hydrous grades in some regions, beverage and industrial grades in others.
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Ethanol: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
Second-quarter ethanol prices in Europe for beverage and industrial uses were broadly expected to be stable-to-firm amid a balanced - verging on tight - market. Industrial grade supply may be slightly tighter following February’s force majeure at INEOS’ Grangemouth synthetic ethanol plant, due to restart in April.
Europe’s fuel ethanol values crashed in March after a surprise bull run early in the first quarter, as the extreme tightness of Rotterdam was eased by the return of a plant from maintenance and anticipated Central American volumes. Second-quarter price moves are clouded by this unusual turn of events but the summer driving season’s boosted gasoline demand is typically seen as lifting demand for fuel ethanol.
The US fuel ethanol market is expected to see an increase in demand during Q2 2017, bolstered by the upcoming summer driving season. Following the end of the regulatory freeze on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017, sources said that participants have greater confidence in the program.
Supply is expected to remain readily available, as the US continues to work through carryover grains from last year’s record corn crop. However, participants have expressed concerns about export volumes, which are expected to decline during the quarter.
For fuel grade ethanol, demand from the main southeast Asian destination, the Philippines, is expected to be stable despite Philippine producers expecting to produce higher amount of ethanol in Q2 vs Q1, under the national allocation programme. For hydrous ethanol, bound mostly for either Japan or South Korea, demand is also expected to be stable while tender prices have so far been mostly range-bound ahead of the start of the new crop harvest season in Brazil in April.
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Ethanol is a colourless, flammable volatile liquid, with characteristic odour and burning taste. It is miscible with water, ether, acetone, benzene and a wide range of organic products. Ethanol vapour mixes well with air, and explosive mixtures are easily formed.
The two major outlets for industrial ethanol are as a solvent and in chemical synthesis.
Ethanol is used as a chemical intermediate for the manufacture of ethyl acetate, ethyl acrylate, acetic acid, glycol ethers and ethylamines as well as other products. It is also used as an additive to food and beverages.
A large outlet for ethanol is as a fuel, oxygenate additive to gasoline and a gasoline extender.
In addition, ethanol can be used in perfume due to its light odour and quick evaporation.