US ethylene trading at standstill after explosion at Louisiana chemical plant

Plastics Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

EthyleneBids for June material were climbing, seen on the HoustonMercantile Exchange as high as 57 cents/lb Mont Belvieu-Williams basis, up from 53-cent/lb levels earlier in the day. Spot ethylene was last assessed Wednesday at 52.75-53.25 cents/lb FD USG.

The US spot ethylene market was at a standstill Thursday on news of an explosion and fire at Williams’ olefins complex in Louisiana that killed one person earlier in the day, market sources said.

“There are no pounds to buy,” a market source said. “I think we can expect a spike in the ethylene price.”

A downstream styrene producer said it was possible the spot ethylene prices could rise by 10-15 cents/lb over pre-incident prices.

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Rod Sherkin

Rod is a former senior executive, responsible for Purchasing, for both Pillsbury and Ball Packaging back in the 80’s and 90’s. Since then, he has continued to work in the Purchasing field as both a consultant and founder of the website Propurchaser.com.

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