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    Oil Market Rebalancing Could Take Until End 2017

    The potential return to the market of some 1.5 million bbl/day of supply from Nigeria and Libya could push a rebalancing further away.
    SEATTLE (polymers.in): Oil market rebalancing could take until end 2017: Shell
    - The potential return to the market of some 1.5 million bbl/day of supply from Nigeria and Libya could push a rebalancing further away.

    Oil Discoveries at a 70-Year Low Signal a Supply Shortfall Ahead
    - 2.7 billion bbl of new supply was discovered in 2015.
    - Global spending on exploration has been cut to USD 40 billion this year from about USD 100 billion in 2014.
    - Drillers found just 736 million bbl of conventional crude as of the end of last month.

    Oil Pessimists Exit as OPEC Cap Talk Spurs Bets Glut Easing
    - Futures have climbed 23% in less than three weeks as some OPEC members raised the possibility of an output freeze amid signs the global glut is easing.
    - WTI by 66,247 futures and options during the week ended 23 Aug.
    - Futures rose 3.3% to USD 48.10/bbl in the report week.

    Oil falls towards $49 on high output, strong dollar
    - Oil fell towards USD 49/bbl on Monday.
    - Brent crude was 62 cents lower at USD 49.30/bbl.
    - The US currency rose to a three-week high against the yen on Monday.

    OPEC oil revenue down nearly 50 percent
    - US EIA found oil export revenue for OPEC members in 2015 was a collective USD 404 billion, 46% lower than the previous year.
    - EIA found that, when adjusted for inflation, net OPEC oil revenue was around USD 6060/person last year.

    Mexico’s 2017 Oil Hedges Lock in USD 9.5 Billion Value: Takeaways
    - Mexico said it’s locked in the equivalent of USD 9.5 billion of oil revenue for 2017.
    - Mexico bought put options that give it the right to sell oil for USD 38/bbl next year based on Mexico’s oil export mix.
    - Mexico hedged 250 million bbl of oil via put options.

    Feedstock (Ethane, Ethylene, Propane, Propylene, PX, PTA, MEG, EDC, VCM)
    Propylene prices continue to march higher in Asia
    - On Friday, FOB Korea propylene prices were assessed up at USD 795/MT levels, a steep week on week rise of USD 40/MT.
    - CFR Taiwan prices of propylene were higher at USD 840/MT levels, a sharp increase of USD 35/MT.
    - CFR China prices of propylene were assessed up at USD 845/MT levels, a spike of USD 45/MT on the week.
    - CFR South East Asia prices of propylene were assessed up at USD 790/MT levels, a week on week surge of USD 45/MT.

    NWE Sep ethylene CP initially settled at EUR 925/MT, unchanged from Aug
    - The Sept Northwest European ethylene contract price initially settled at a rollover of EUR 925/MT.

    Ethylene-naphtha spread in Asia rises by over USD 22/MT to peak to 3 month high
    - Price spread between ethylene and feedstock naphtha rose by USD 22.05/MT day on day to USD 802.3/MT on Thursday.
    - CFR Japan naphtha benchmark dip by around USD 2 day on day to be assessed at USD 397.6/MT.
    - CFR Northeast Asia ethylene price spiked by USD 20/MT to a 4 month high of USD 1200/MT.

    Indorama receives air permit for restart of Louisiana ethylene plant
    - Indorama has received an air permit for the restart and repair of a dormant ethane cracker near Lake Charles, Louisiana.
    - When restarted, the project will have an estimated 370,000 MT/year of ethylene and 30,000 MT/year of propylene production capacity.

    Polymers Demand
    China’s One Belt, One Road To Reshape Petchems Trade Flows
    - Finding outlets for CHina’s vast oversupply in many industrial sectors.
    - Migrating low value manufacturing to other less-developed countries along the One Belt, One Road routes.
    - One Belt, One Road will provide much more efficient routes to both domestic and international markets.

    Courtesy: www.polymers.io
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