PODCAST: Europe ethanol spikes to record levels as chemical tankers store petroleum products

Author: Will Beacham


BARCELONA (ICIS)--Europe ethanol prices have spiked to record levels while chemical tankers are being used to store low-priced petroleum products.

Listen to this podcast interview with Clare Pennington who covers ethanol and shipping for ICIS.

  • New quarterly ethanol contract saw 20% plus increases to highest prices on record
  • Ethanol producers have to restrict volumes even to regular customers
  • New players start to produce hand sanitizers
  • Sanitizer production jumps have meant full year’s worth of demand in January-April 2020 for some producers
  • New ways of reporting ethanol prices being examined beyond quarterly contracts
  • Demand for chemical tanker shipping has declined in line with chemical markets
  • Shipping rates are inching down
  • Chemical tankers now being used to store clean petroleum products such as diesel, gasoil, gasoline
  • This could tighten chemical tanker supply

Podcast interview by Clare Pennington and Will Beacham

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