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Updated to Q2 2018
US ethylene supply remained ample in the second quarter, as production increased following the start-up of a 1.5m tonne/year cracker which had started in March. Supply became slightly more balanced in the second half of the quarter as production weakened slightly due to turnarounds for several crackers and the idling of a small cracker amid historic low ethylene prices. However, there were few unplanned outages and supply remains lengthy compared to previous quarters.
US ethylene demand strengthened in the second quarter as new downstream polyethylene (PE) continued to ramp up. Although most new PE capacity had started up in late 2017, several had faced logistical, certification or specification issues which delayed the full operation of the units. PE is the largest consumer of US ethylene. Demand for US ethylene exports remains limited due to export capacity. The US has only one small export terminal for ethylene.
We offer the following regional Ethylene coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the US Ethylene marketplace.
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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..
Ethylene US Margin Report Methodology
The main method of ethylene manufacture is by the thermal cracking of hydrocarbons. Both gaseous and liquid hydrocarbon feedstocks are used in the US, so this report examines two typical models.
The US ethylene report offers an assessment of the spot process and contract quotes that reflects the benchmark price for the monomer in the US market.
We keep our subscribers updated on anything that could potentially move the market, such as outages, start-ups, or planned maintenance.
Additionally, the report includes feedstock prices and monthly production data. The ethylene report from the US has a wealth of information for traders, producers and buyers. Anyone buying or selling any chemical made from ethylene can benefit greatly from the report.
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