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Updated to Q4 2016
The US sulphuric acid market was seen as mostly balanced and stable in the fourth quarter of 2016, with an expectation that an excess could build up domestically over the next few months.
US Gulf prices strengthened, and higher freight rates were heard.
The Gulf saw multiple cargoes from Pori in Finland, which had not been seen earlier in the year. These were understood to be on a contract basis.
One domestic supplier described annual contract negotiations for 2017 as painful, while another producer expects contracts to be about $20/tonne lower than 2016 contracts, in line with sulphur prices dropping.
In the southeast US, Mississippi Power said on 2 December that it is no longer expecting a 2016 start-up date for the Kemper County energy facility. Instead, it should be up and running in January 2017 after additional maintenance and facility integration.
With 2017 looming and Fibrant’s caprolactam plant in Augusta, Georgia shut down along with Chemtrade’s oleum plant, sentiment overall is that the Canadian acid player will not convert the oleum plant to merchant acid.
Updated to Q4 2016
The global sulphuric acid market was more stable during the fourth quarter of 2016, with maintenance helping to balance most regions.
In Europe, maintenance completed at the start of the quarter helped set a more balanced tone. Producers took the opportunity to place tonnes in Brazil and the US as well as Morocco, which helped soak up tonnes previously destined for Cuba.
In Asia, maintenance at a number of Japanese and South Korean smelters helped to steady the region and keep prices stable for the majority of the quarter. However, decreases were noted in the latter parts as smelters came back on line.
In the US, buyers took good volumes of European acid, with attractive freight rates on the transatlantic westbound route bolstering trade from northwest Europe. Domestic balance came into the spotlight with both the start-up and shutdown of acid producing and consuming facilities.
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly new look report contains 16 benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments and covers international trade across Europe, Asia and the US.
Included in the report are shipping fixtures and smelter outages, along with coverage of upstream sulphur and downstream fertilizers and chemicals. Coverage and attention is also paid to the base metals market and price developments for copper, zinc and nickel. Sulphuric acid import and export statistics are also published.
The report tackles all events likely to impact the global sulphuric acid market, including price developments, trade flows, as well as supply and demand balances.
The information in the report is gathered by talking to suppliers, traders and consumers from around the world, in addition to our own industry experts covering markets related to sulphuric acid.
All these developments are thoroughly analyzed on a weekly basis. The report is beneficial to our customers because it is the most comprehensive analysis of this crucial market.
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