Export PP sales resumed in Turkmenistan after almost three-month break

Export PP sales resumed in Turkmenistan after almost three-month break

MOSCOW (MRC)--The export trades for Turkmenbashi refinery’s polypropylene (PP) were held on Monday.
Demand for PP was strong, all volumes of PP put up for the trades were sold out during one trading day, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

Market participants said 1,400 tonnes of Turkmenbashi refinery’s injection moulding PP and PP for films to be sold for export were put up for the trades at the State Commodity and Raw Materials Stock Exchange of Turkmenistan.
The starting prices were set at USD950/tonne and USD1,610/tonne, respectively. All polypropylene was sold out in one day of trades.

After an almost three-month break, 1,000 tonnes of injection moulding and 400 tonnes of film polypropylene were put up for export. The increased demand has led to deals being made above the starting level. Injection moulding PP was sold at USD1,613/tonne FOB / FCA, film PP was sold at USD1,661/tonne, FOB / FCA.
Deals were done with shipment within six months.


Karpatneftekhim raises November HDPE prices

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Karpatneftekhim (Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk region), Ukraine's largest petrochemical plant, has raised its high density polyethylene (HDPE) prices for November shipments to the domestic market under the pressure from higher feedstocks prices, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

The plant's customers said on 1 November, the Ukrainian producer increased its HDPE prices for shipments to the domestic market by USD50/tonne from October. Polyethylene (PE) prices for small-sized consumers rose to USD1,720/tonne FCA, excluding VAT.

At the same time, November polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices are planned to be settled by the end of the week.

Karpatneftekhim is one of the largest enterprises of Ukraine's petrochemical complex. Currently, the plant can produce annually 300,000 tonnes of PVC, 200,000 tonnes of caustic soda, about 180,000 tonnes of chlorine, as well as 250,000 tonnes of ethylene and 100,000 tonnes of polyethylene.

COVID-19 - News digest as of 03.11.2021

1. Marathon warns that rally in natural gas prices may hurt profits

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Marathon Petroleum Corp signaled on Tuesday that a sustained rally in natural gas prices could take a toll on earnings, sending the largest US refiner's shares down 4%, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing. The warning comes after US natural gas prices soared more than 60% in the third quarter - translating into higher costs since natgas is used to power refining operations - as sky-rocketing global rates keep demand for US liquefied natural gas exports elevated. "For every USD1 change in natural gas prices, we anticipate there is an approximate USD360 MM impact to annual EBITDA to our R&M (Refining and Marketing) segment," Chief Financial Officer Maryann Mannen said.


Crude oil futures drop in Asia after large US inventory build

Crude oil futures drop in Asia after large US inventory build

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Crude oil futures drifted lower during mid-morning trade in Asia Nov. 3 amid reports of a large build in US oil inventories last week, while investors remained cautious ahead of the Nov. 4 OPEC+ meeting, reported S&P Global.

At 10:20 am Singapore time (0220 GMT), the ICE January Brent futures contract was down USD1.33/b (1.56%) from the previous close at USD83.39/b, while the NYMEX December light sweet crude contract fell USD1.54/b (1.84%) at USD82.37/b.

"The rally in oil prices took a pause overnight," IG market strategist Yeap Jun Rong said in a note.

"It seems that as the OPEC+ meeting nears, more pressure from countries, such as the US and Japan, to boost production are putting some risk sentiments for oil prices on hold, alongside the much higher-than-expected rise in API crude inventories overnight," Yeap added.

The American Petroleum Institute data out late Nov. 2 showed a 3.6 million barrel build in US crude oil stocks in the week ended Oct. 29.

If confirmed by data from the US Energy Information Administration out later Nov. 3, crude oil inventories would have risen for five of the last six weeks, indicating that demand is not recovering as quickly as expected, industry sources said.

Gasoline inventories, meanwhile, fell 552,000 barrels, while distillate stocks climbed 573,000 barrels, the API data showed.

Nonetheless, calls have been growing for the OPEC+ group to raise production beyond the scheduled 400,000 b/d per month when they convene on Nov. 4. Key oil-consuming countries including the US, Japan and India have pressured the group to temper oil prices that have surged amid a global gas crisis, outages and a lack of oil investments due to climate change pledges.

Recent public comments from OPEC members, however, showed they are unlikely to budge. Kuwait's oil minister said Nov. 1 he supports the OPEC+ group's planned 400,000 b/d monthly crude output hike, while Saudi Arabia's energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said Oct. 20 he saw no evidence of a crude shortage.

Most analysts expect the group to stand pat on their scheduled increases when the meeting concludes.

As MRC informed before, US commercial crude stocks fell 3.48 million barrels to 413.96 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 17, to more than 8% below the five-year average, Energy Information Administration data showed. Stocks were last lower Oct. 5, 2018.

We remind that in late August, 2021, US crude stocks dropped sharply while petroleum products supplied by refiners hit an all-time record despite the rise in coronavirus cases nationwide, the Energy Information Administration said. Crude inventories fell by 7.2 million barrels in the week to Aug. 27 to 425.4 million barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 3.1 million-barrel drop. Product supplied by refineries, a measure of demand, rose to 22.8 million barrels per day in the most recent week. That's a one-week record, and signals strength in consumption for diesel, gasoline and other fuels by consumers and exporters.

We also remind that US crude oil production is expected to fall by 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2021 to 11.12 million bpd, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a monthly report, a smaller decline than its previous forecast for a drop of 210,000 bpd.

Saudi Aramco downstream business consumes 43.5% of total crude in three quarters of 2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Aramco's downstream business consumed 43.5% of the company's crude in the first nine months of 2021, while its bottom line for the third quarter to September was in the black amid an improvement in market conditions, reported S&P Global.

During January-September 2020, Aramco's downstream oil consumption stood at 39.5%, the company said in an earnings report released Nov. 1.

Aramco's downstream business swung to a profit in the third quarter compared to a year earlier as the world's biggest oil company benefited from better refining and petrochemical margins.

Aramco's earnings before interest, income taxes and zakat reached Riyal 14.8 billion (USD3.957 billion), compared with a Riyal 2.98 billion loss a year ago.

"These strong earnings reflect continued strength in refining and chemicals margins and the resulting inventory movement gains due to improving market conditions," Aramco said.

Aramco pumped on average 9.5 million b/d in Q3 and its profit more than doubled to USD30.4 billion on higher crude prices and production.

Total hydrocarbon production in Q3 was 12.9 million boe/d, Aramco said in its earnings report. It did not provide the corresponding year-ago data, but total hydrocarbon production had increased from the first nine months of 2020, when it stood at 12.4 million boe/d, of which 9.2 million b/d was crude oil.

As MRC informed before, in June 2020, Aramco finalized its USD69 billion acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East's biggest petrochemical maker. SABIC reported more than a fivefold year-on-year increase in its Q3 net profit to USD1.49 billion thanks to higher average sales prices.

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 1,638,370 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, up by 10% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 989,570 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Deliveries of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas shipments of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

Saudi Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, is a Saudi Arabian national oil and natural gas company based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco's value has been estimated at up to USD10 trillion in the Financial Times, making it the world"s most valuable company. Saudi Aramco has both the largest proven crude oil reserves, at more than 260 billion barrels, and largest daily oil production.