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Updated to Q3 2017
Supply in Asia has decreased over the third quarter amid continued strong demand, limited crushed sulphur availability, and lower refinery operating rates. Coupled with this, strong demand from OCP in Morrocco due to plant expansion, and higher consumption in India due to a stronger than expected monsoon season has lead to increased competition for material.
Demand from China was strong throughout the third quarter as a result of firm downstream fertilizer consumption domestically, and despite environmental restrictions continuing to limit downstream phosphates production. Further increasing demand and tight supply of downstream sulphuric acid supply across Asia has led to increased burning of sulphur where possible to make up for the shortfall. As a result, on 28 September, China sulphur import prices hit highs not seen since 28 August 2015.
Updated to Q3 2017
Supply in the European market remained balanced throughout the quarter, with most players well covered by quarterly contract volumes. In the Mediterranean, some distressed material was being offered at the end of the quarter because of excess volumes at local refiners in Italy. This was nevertheless counterbalanced by low run rates earlier in Q3.
Demand in northwest Europe remains covered by contractual volumes. In the Mediterranean, demand has been weak due to low downstream phosphates buying interest. In Russia, however, consumption has been strong because of increased demand from OCP in Morocco.
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