Argus European monthly methanol CP down €47.5/t in May

Author Victoria Baghdjian, Senior Analyst

London, 28 April (Argus) — The May Argus European monthly methanol contract price (CP) was assessed at €520/t today, down by €47.5/t from €567.5/t in April.

London, 28 April (Argus) — The May Argus European monthly methanol contract price (CP) was assessed at €520/t 28 April, down by €47.5/t from €567.5/t in April.

Prices for May eased from April as inventories rose in Rotterdam, with an inflow of non-Russian product compensating in part for the drawing down of Russian inventory in northwest European storage facilities. Stable domestic European methanol production has brought confidence in supply availability, sources said.

Demand is stable in Europe, but participants in several downstream sectors remain concerned about consumer spending habits in relation to inflation. The relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in several countries in Europe may switch some spending away from goods and towards the tourism and service industries, a consumer said this week.

Several derivative industries, downstream of methanol, are experiencing rising costs and supply chain challenges. These include the automotive, manufactured wood, biodiesel and DME sectors.

Argus began to publish a monthly European methanol CP in February, when the March CP was assessed at €495/t (see chart). Methanol CPs in Europe are typically agreed on a quarterly basis, but several participants on the vendor and consumer side have begun to discuss monthly contracts, which can be renegotiated every four weeks to reflect changing market fundamentals.

The US and Asia-Pacific methanol markets have monthly pricing.

By Victoria Baghdjian

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