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US ethylene rate plunge opens C2 arbitrage to Asia

SINGAPORE, April 29-The current dive in United States ethylene area rates is opening up arbitrage chances to bring the monomer from the Americas to Asia, traders said on Thursday.

Ethylene for May distribution was used mid-week at 42.00 US cents/lb (6/tonne,? 04/tonne), standing for a 22% drop from deals done at 53.00-54.75 cents/lb throughout the week ended 23 April.

The steep decline was caused by boosting supply brought on by biscuit restarts as well as weak derivative polyethylene (PE) need, market sources claimed.

Ethylene freight prices from the United States to northeast Asia typically vary from 0-280/ tonne for a huge vessel carrying 6,000-9,000 tonnes to over 0/tonne for smaller cargoes, investors claimed.

The arbitrage can function based on prevailing ethylene spot rates at over ,300/ tonne CFR (expense and also freight) NE (northeast) Asia although the lengthy voyage and also restricted appetite for area material from picked derivative markets could be a road block in arrangements, investors included.

"The freight would take around 40-45 days to get here in Asia while need especially from PE producers is not so great," a local olefins investor claimed.

Standalone high density PE (HDPE) margins in northeast Asia have remained in the red given that December 2009 and also were floating muddle-headed of 6/tonne recently, according to worldwide chemical market knowledge solution ICIS rates.

In comparison, standalone reduced thickness PE (LDPE) margins declared at /tonne in the region over the same period.

During the week, there were reports that a 4,000-5,000-tonne ethylene spot cargo from Mexico for second-half Might packing was sold at around ,000/ tonne FOB (free aboard), but further information might not be obtained.

"The freight is bound for Asia," claimed a Singapore-based trader, including that products expenses would be more than 0/tonne.

Ethylene area prices were at a two-month high of ,270-1,310/ tonne CFR NE Asia in the initial fifty percent of the week, underpinned by snug supply in the region as a result of an ongoing cracker turnaround season and also outages at Japanese biscuits in March as well as April, market resources stated.

ATMP na5 with heavy naphtha given that February this year had actually likewise affected ethylene returns at some crackers in South Korea, resulting in hold-ups as well as cuts in term exports, which had actually additional tightened supply in the market, they added.

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