The ICIS Weekly Atlantic Basin Feedstocks report covers Europe and the US. There are numerous price assessments, including crude, naphtha, gasoline, ethane, propane, butane, LPG, NGL, VGO, fuel oil and cracked fuel and these are gathered by our locally based reporters. Commentary gives news and analysis on price movements, refinery news, demand patterns and any other economic or political news impacting the market at the time. This reliable tool can be used to help you make business decisions.
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Feedstocks: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
US ethane prices doubled during the course of 2016, mostly owing to much stronger natural gas and crude oil values. US spot prices began the year at a historical low of 13.50 cents/gal, and traded at 25.00-27.00 cents/gal during the last few weeks of the year.
Demand was limited and supplies were strong when the year began. Export terminals were still under construction, and ethylene plants started the first wave of a heavy turnaround season that lasted most of the year.
However, prices should continue to rise in 2017, as exports and new ethylene plants boost demand. European demand for naphtha as a petrochemical feedstock is expected to be healthy in the first quarter.
The European naphtha market has been seeing exceptionally good demand on the back of high gasoline exports.
The European arbitrage window to Asia opened up in November from the Mediterranean, after being closed for months. The window is expected to stay open in the first quarter of 2017. New condensate splitters in Asia and the Middle East should offer competition going forward.
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