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Updated to Q4 2019
Global oversupply is expected to persist, with subsequent pressure on Europe. Higher operating rates in Trinidad and, closer to home, in Libya, Russia and Azerbaijan could offer more consistent supply to Europe. Players will monitor the impact of a newly opened second Dutch unit. The end of Russian maintenance is expected to boost Rotterdam supply.
There is a depressed outlook for Q4 methanol consumption carrying over from 2019’s overall weaker-than-expected demand, notably for the downstream wood panel market in southern Europe. Some players speculate that methanol consumers will rely on their existing inventories for Q4, while firm downstream inventories are also seen as potentially dampening demand.
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Methanol is primarily used to produce formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and acetic acid, with smaller amounts going into the manufacture of DMT, MMA, chloromethanes, methylamines, glycol methyl ethers and fuels.
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