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Updated to Q2 2018
It was business as usual for ammonia suppliers as weak spot demand from industrial buyers like LFC and CPDC meant attention was focused on contract deliveries and prices – which in South Korea and Taiwan climbed around $20/tonne over the three months. The stable price trend was repeated in India and southeast Asia, with no major change to CFR (cost & freight) or FOB (free on board) levels.
Spot buyers in India, South Korea and Taiwan were conspicuous by their absence during the quarter, although China reinforced its reputation as a magnet for imports following the shutdown of domestic plants amid high feedstock costs and an environmental clampdown. Spot cargoes were delivered to buyers at Zhanjiang and Caojing.
Scheduled and unscheduled plant maintenance at various plants across Europe meant ammonia output was reduced in the latter part of the quarter. At least one major producer attributed the capacity cuts to high natural gas costs, although only a small uptick in imports was seen at the main ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.
The synchronisation of planned maintenance at downstream plants with that of turnarounds at ammonia units, meant demand was mostly flat during the quarter. Dutch group OCI secured some spot material from the Baltic and Algeria for discharge at Rotterdam, while Borealis received a couple of spot cargoes at Rouen, France.
ICIS reports on ammonia on a global basis, with reports in Europe, Asia and the US. At the same time, we are able to draw on global resources in London, Houston (Texas), Singapore and Shanghai.
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