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European spot steam cracker margins hit near month high as ethylene rises

European spot steam cracker margins hit a near month high of Eur72/mt ($98/mt) Wednesday on the back of an increase in ethylene.

Ethylene spot prices Wednesday reached their highest point since the end of February at Eur942.50/mt FD NWE, as exports and domestic sales helped alleviate length in the NWE system, sources said.

Feedstock naphtha also edged up, limiting the increase in the margins. Naphtha averaged $938/mt CIF NWE in May, up 1.3% from April.

Naphtha was assessed at $930.75/mt CIF NWE Wednesday.

Ethylene spot prices, however, remain at a discount to the monthly contract price of Eur1,170/mt FD NWE, a reflection of supply outpacing demand in the ethylene market.

Hydrocarbons like naphtha and LPG are used in a steam cracker to producer olefins such as ethylene.

– Platts.com

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