Total raises August PP prices in North America

Total raises August PP prices in North America

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, the US petrochemical major, has announced an increase of its polypropylene (PP) prices for August shipments in North America, the company said in letters to customers seen by S&P Global.

Thus, the price rise, effective 1 August, 2021, will be by 5 cent/lb or USD100/tonne or as current contracts allow.

The present price increase is in addition to any change in monomer pricing, Total said July 16.

As MRC reported earlier, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA restarted all of its three PP units in La Porte as of 17 June 2021. At the same time, the force majeure (FM) at this plant with an annual capacity of 1.15 million tons/year remained in place as the company attempts to stabilize operating rates and build inventories ahead of the hurricane season. Total Petrochemical declared FM on its PP output after an abrupt loss of electricity supply during a severe weather condition.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 607,8900 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 33% year on year. Shipments of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas deliveries of PP random copolymers decreased.

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COVID-19 - News digest as of 26.07.2021

1. India refiners June crude processing bridled by virus curbs

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indian refiners' crude throughput in June was little changed from the previous month when it fell to multi-month lows as a severe second wave of coronavirus restrained demand, forcing refiners to reduce runs, said Reuters. Refiners processed 4.50 million barrels per day (18.4 million tonnes) of crude oil in June, provisional government data showed on Friday. This compares with 4.49 million barrels per day (bpd) processed in May, which was the lowest since October 2020. Crude oil imports also fell to a 9-month low in June as refiners curtailed purchases amid higher fuel inventories due to low consumption and renewed lockdowns in the previous two months, data obtained from trade sources showed.


Crude oil futures in Asia down on concerns over spread of delta variant of coronavirus

Crude oil futures in Asia down on concerns over spread of delta variant of coronavirus

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Crude oil futures were lower during mid-morning trade in Asia July 26 as concerns over the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus continued to weigh on the market's upward potential, reported S&P Global.

At 11 am Singapore time (0300 GMT), the ICE September Brent futures contract was down 35 cents/b (0.47%) from the previous close at USD73.75/b, while the NYMEX September light sweet crude contract was down 36 cents/b (0.50%) at USD71.71/b.

Both benchmarks experienced significant volatility in the week ended July 23, recovering from a plunge on July 19 to end the week marginally higher. The front-month ICE Brent marker rose 0.69% on the week to settle at USD74.10/b July 23, while front-month NYMEX light sweet crude rose 0.71% to USD72.07/b.

Analysts said that oil market fundamentals remained strong, with improving downstream oil demand in the US and Europe boosting sentiment. Implied oil product demand in the US rose 6.62% on the week to 20.6 million b/d in the week ended July 16, the latest Energy Information Administration report showed July 21.

The ANZ analysts also expressed optimism that rising vaccination rates have reduced the likelihood that countries may retreat into full-blown lockdowns. "With officials from well-vaccinated countries reluctant to reinstate harsh lockdown measures, the risk of demand growth faltering is diminishing," they said.

The uptrend in oil demand has raised concerns of a supply deficit in the market, as the supply-side response from US shale producers remains conservative. These concerns come despite the OPEC+ coalition deciding on July 18 to increase its production quotas by 400,000 b/d each month from August.

As MRC informed earlier, Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude oil exporter, will supply full contractual volumes of August-loading crude to at least five Asian customers. However, Saudi Aramco has turned down two of the buyers' requests for extra barrels.

We remind that Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), said in June he expects the company's deal with Saudi Aramco to materialise this year. Meanwhile, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of Saudi Aramco and the Governor of the Public Investment Fund, joined the board of Reliance as an independent director.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 953,400 tonnes in the first five months of 2021, which virtually corresponded to the same figure a year earlier. High denisty polyethylene (HDPE) shipments decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 607,8900 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 33% year on year. Shipments of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas deliveries of PP random copolymers decreased.

SayanskKhimPlast resumed PVC production

SayanskKhimPlast resumed PVC production

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SayanskKhimPlast (Irkutsk region) has resumed its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production after the scheduled turnaround, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report.

According to a representative of the enterprise, the production of polyvinyl chloride was resumed after scheduled maintenance works which began 12 July. The outage was short and lasted 10 days. PVC production capacity at the plant will be 350,000 tonnes/year.

It is also worth noting that the Bashkir Soda Company (BSK) intends to resume PVC production in the beginning of this week after a planned shutdown for repairs. The shutdown began on 10 July, the plant's capacity is 240,000 tonnes per year.

According to MRC ScanPlast , SayanskKhimPlast reduced its capacity utilisation last month and produced 23,400 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC), compared to 26,500 tonnes in May. The Sayansk plant managed to produce 156,900 tonnes of PVC in the fist six months of 2021, compared to 164,3000 tonnes a year earlier.

JSC SayanskKhimPlast (Irkutsk region), established in 1998, is a complex of large-capacity chlororganic production facilities connected in a single production cycle. SayanskKhimPlast produces PVC, caustic soda and bleach. After commissioning of RusVinyl's PVC production (Nizhny Novgorod region), SayanskKhimPlast became Russia's second largest PVC producer.

Epsilyte raises August EPS prices on higher feedstock costs

Epsilyte raises August EPS prices on higher feedstock costs

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Epsilyte (The Woodlands, Texas), a leading North American producer of expandable polystyrene (EPS), has announced an increase in its prices for all EPS grades for August shipments on higher feedstock costs, said the company.

Thus, the price of the company's EPS grades will go up by 5 cents/pound (cts/lb) or USD110/tonne, effective 1 August, 2021 or as contracts allow.

Rising feedstock costs, along with current EPS supply and demand dynamics, necessitate this adjustment.

As MRC reported earlier, Epsilyte cut its July EPS prices in the region by 9 cts/lb or USD198/tonne.

EPS is a rigid form of polystyrene (PS) used in insulation foams for the construction industry as well as for packaging.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, prices of Russian EPS remained steady last week. Prices of spot quantities of Russian material were at Rb175,000-180,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT. EPS producers have not announced next month's price adjustments yet.

Epsilyte is owned by private equity firm Balmoral Funds (Los Angeles, California). Epsilyte is one of North America’s leading producers of expandable polystyrene resin. The company is focused on solving customer needs for efficient, high-R value EPS. This includes reducing energy usage in buildings, ensuring safe and healthy food through innovative packaging technology, and participating in infrastructure investment both in the United States and abroad.