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Updated to Q4 2017
Industrial and beverage grade ethanol supply was tight-to-balanced in Q4 2017, with most plants believed to run at high rates, especially beet-based ethanol production after the harvest.
There was some short-lived traditional supply disruption, including at Cargill's UK ethanol plant in the first half of November and a couple of plants run by a French producer. Rival producing sources claimed they experienced some overflow of demand due to the Cargill disruption, though the company said supply was not affected.
European fuel ethanol supply was restricted when Vivergo Fuels shut its UK fuel ethanol plant at the end of November for the foreseeable future. The closure came amid low European prices for fuel ethanol.
Stable or healthy demand was seen for 96% beverage grade and high-quality 99% industrial grade in Q4 2018. The run up to Christmas is typically a healthy time for demand for the downstream demand sectors of spirits and perfume.
Some producers and traders noted higher demand from the vinegar and screenwash segment, which uses 96% REN grade ethanol.
In the fuel ethanol sector, demand tailed off due to the seasonal softening of gasoline consumption, which fuel ethanol is blended into.
The ICIS European ethanol report assesses domestic prices for two grades of ethanol across four countries. These two grades are 96% beverage, which is typically based on molasses, and industrial 99% which can be fermented or produce from ethylene.
The report also discusses the market for 96% rectified neutral (REN) grade which is typically used in the highly seasonal screen wash sector.
The main downstream sectors are reviewed as well. These include: industrial applications, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food grades. This provides an overall view fore both buyers and sellers.
Regulatory changes and significant developments in the fuel ethanol market are also covered. The ICIS pricing report is thus a valuable tool for both contract and spot players in the ethanol market.
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