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Updated to Q2 2019
Feedstocks supply is likely to improve in Q3 as uncontaminated crude oil supplies re-enter the market from the Druzhba pipeline and refinery run rates normalise in eastern and central Europe.
Demand for gasoil and vacuum gasoil could remain buoyant amid the peak driving season and refinery issues in the US where one of the largest refineries on the east coast caught fire in late-June, disrupting output at the complex.
US MTBE supply will remain tight as plants are set to run at capacity for the third quarter. Healthy margins and strong consumption will keep rates up in the US Gulf Coast region. No new MTBE production is expected to start up, while those that are still running will run at full capacity.
Demand for MTBE is expected to remain robust over the third quarter as the summer months tend to increase demand for motor gasoline. Mexico will continue to take in the majority of production from the US.
Ethane production is projected to grow to the end of 2019. Propane supply is also expected to continue to increase, driven by robust NGL production.
Ethane demand is expected to continue increasing as the new crop of steam crackers in the region ramp up production and start up. Propane demand in the US will be healthy from the petrochemical industry for on-spec propylene production, and robust demand on the international market will drive exports.
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