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Argus FMB Cost and Margin Service

Cost Curve Menu

For each product, two types of cost curves are presented:

  • Cumulative production volume by operating cost
  • Cumulative net export availability by cost to fob

Operating costs are presented in a number of formats with client-interactive options to view content. Users can select the year, choose particular regions or countries to include on the curve or leave it blank for all sites.

Viewing options include total operating costs and their summary components, namely feedstock costs, other variable costs and fixed costs.

Component Costs     

The net export cost curve adds two further key elements:

  • transportation/handling costs to fob
  • export taxes where appropriate (notably China)

Year Comparison Graph
Cost curves are available for each year from 2014 through to 2028. This allows users to compare cost curves across different years. Given recent oil price reductions, this tool is of particular use for assessing the shifting position of swing players, such as Ukraine, which face gas feedstock costs directly indexed to oil prices.





After building a curve, the user can download it as a JPEG file or export the underlying data into Excel using the CSV button.

Cost Curve Data in Excel

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