Argus launches China propane and butane prices as demand booms

BEIJING, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Surging imports of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) to China have prompted energy and commodity price reporting service Argus to launch new indexes for propane and butane delivered at eastern China’s port of Ningbo. China has become the largest consumer of LPG in the world, importing over 20mn t in 2019, and accounting for more than a fifth of global seaborne trade. Chinese LPG imports are forecast to rise by more than a fifth this year, driven by soaring petrochemical demand. LPG is used as a raw material by petrochemical plants, and a raft of new projects opened in China last year with more scheduled for 2021. The growth in LPG demand has created the need for an import price that recognises the specific conditions of the Chinese market. As a result, Argus has been working with companies operating in China to develop the CFR (delivered) Ningbo price, published daily in the Argus International LPG report. To facilitate LPG trade into Ningbo, Argus is simultaneously launching an associated screen on its Argus Open Markets platform, which introduces potential buyers and sellers. “This new price reflects China’s key and growing role in international LPG markets. We expect that Chinese buyers will use the new assessment when pricing imports,” Argus Media chairman and chief… continue reading

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