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October contract settlements ease lower in petchems

11:35 AM MDT | October 5, 2012 | Lindsay Frost

Overall, petrochemical markets were weaker to start October, with most contract settlements easing lower. There were a few notable exceptions, mostly due to local production issues. In particular, operating problems were reported at Sabic’s steam cracker at Geleen, the Netherlands, which reportedly drove spot olefins higher: ethylene by €30/m.t. and propylene by €20/m.t. That was contrasted by October contract prices ticking lower at the same time. Ethylene and butadiene were agreed down by €10/m.t., while propylene was done down by...

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