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Updated to Q2 2014
Asian ethylene prices were at $1,450-1,490/tonne CFR (cost & freight) northeast (NE) Asia at the end of June, compared with $1,430-1,445/tonne CFR NE Asia three months earlier. The market was bolstered by tight regional supply, increased spot demand and strong feedstock naphtha costs.
Prices were relatively stable in the low-to-mid $1,400s/tonne CFR NE Asia during April to the first half of June, as limited supply caused by cracker turnarounds in Japan was offset by the generally weak performance of the downstream markets.
However, restocking activity in China and tightening supply in Taiwan on the back of limited spot volumes from northeast Asian producers led prices to increase to up to $1,490/tonne CFR NE Asia at the end of June.
Chinese spot demand for second-half July and early-August arrival cargoes was driven by reduced domestic production amid insufficient feedstock naphtha and cracker turnarounds. In Taiwan, some buyers are expected to seek import cargoes in August and September to make up for the lower supply from domestic producer Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC), which is shutting its 1.2m tonne/year cracker from mid-August. The possible permanent closure of Taiwan’s CPC Corp’s 500,000 tonne/year No 5 cracker in July added to the supply uncertainty.
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Ethylene is a colourless, odourless, extremely flammable compressed gas. It is slightly soluble in water and soluble in liquid hydrocarbons. It reacts with strong oxidants causing fire and is anexplosion hazard..
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