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Updated to Q4 2020
The resumption of normal operations at two export-oriented units in Indonesia will bring relief to traders who regularly source material from the southeast Asian nation for discharge in northeast Asia. Mitsui, Mitsubishi and Trammo are each expected to load an average of two cargoes per month from the recently restarted Pupuk Kaltim and PAU units at Bontang and Luwuk. Large units operated by Malaysia’s PETRONAS at Kerteh and Sipitang are also expected to run normally.
No spot business by end-users for October or November arrival at ports across northeast Asia was heard confirmed heading into October. South Korea’s Namhae does not expect to enter the market again this year, while Lotte Fine Chemicals has yet to show its hand. Chinese buyers are conspicuous by their absence with no spot purchases announced for arrival at Caojing or Zhanjiang. Chemicals producers in Taiwan also appear satisfied with contracted volumes.
The restart of export-oriented plants in Russia and Ukraine saw a burst of sales activity in the Black Sea for late October and early November loadings. Spot tonnes from OPZ, Ostchem and Togliatti were involved, with the former also announcing the resumption of rail deliveries to its trans-shipment operations at Yuzhny from Ukrainian producers. The steady flow of cargoes should remain for the rest of the year given that the region’s plant turnaround season is over.
As governments and companies attempt to get to grips with the second wave of the coronavirus, demand from chemical and fertilizer manufacturers should increase. Users in countries including Spain and Turkey are booked to receive their usual contract volumes from various suppliers, with buyers in Turkey also securing 45,000 tonnes on a spot basis for prompt arrival. Demand from buyers at Antwerp will jump when Lanxess completes work on a damaged capro unit.
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