April 2007

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Methanol: a global review

The world of methanol is very complex; so what is the future of this commodity product?

Jordan, J., Jim Jordan and Associates, LLP

The global methanol market continues to demonstrate to analysts, producers, consumers and others with interest in this business that it has a way of confounding the best of us. This is reflected not only in supply and demand, but also in pricing. Who could have predicted $599/metric ton (mt) (180 cpg) for a contract price of methanol? In their wildest dreams, we would not have believed methanol producers anticipated prices in 2006 to reach an all-time high. Not only did prices reach a single monthly and quarterly all-time high, but the average for 2006 was an all-time high. Europe's average contract price for the year was €300/mt (approximately $379/mt). The US average contract price wa

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