S&P Global Platts Launches First Global Suite Of Methanol Bunker Fuel Price Assessments

Asia & U.S. Assessments complement Rotterdam pricing to value methanol as a marine fuel

Singapore, New York (October 25, 2021) – S&P Global Platts ("Platts"), the leading independent provider of information, analytics and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, today announced the launch of two new daily methanol bunker fuel price assessments reflecting the value of methanol delivered to ships for marine fuel at the ports of Singapore and Houston, effective October 25, 2021.

The addition of two major hub ports in Asia and the United States Gulf Coast follows the launch of Platts' first-in-market Europe methanol bunker fuel assessment delivered Rotterdam on September 27, 2021, delivering the first global suite of methanol bunker assessments available to the market. Methanol is one of a number of alternative, low carbon marine fuels available to the global shipping industry.

Stergios Zacharakis, Head of Global Methanol Pricing, S&P Global Platts said: "Methanol has seen growing demand for use as a marine fuel, on the back of an increased build-out in vessels and related activities at major bunkering hubs around the world. Our new assessments and associated cost comparisons provide new transparency to market participants in the methanol value chain as well as the bunker community, as the shipping sector seeks to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and demand cleaner marine fuels."

Both new daily assessments will be published on a delivered basis in $/mt at 4:30pm local time in Singapore and 1:30pm local time in Houston. Assessments for both regions will reflect the cost of spot methanol, delivered from terminal to a receiving vessel via barge. The Singapore assessment will also include storage costs in line with the pricing dynamics of the Southeast Asia methanol market.

In addition, from October 25, 2021, Platts will publish methanol bunker fuel calculations converted to LNG and oil energy content equivalents, enabling comparison with other marine fuels. Platts will also publish daily cost comparisons for alternative marine fuels, reflecting the calorific value comparison of methanol bunker fuel, LNG bunker fuel, marine fuel oil and marine gasoil.

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S&P Global Platts Media Contact update

Americas: Kathleen Tanzy, +1 917 331 4607, kathleen.tanzy@spglobal.com
Asia: Melissa Tan, +65-6597-6241, melissa.tan@spglobal.com
EMEA: Alex Brog, +44 20 7176 7645, alex.brog@spglobal.com and Russ Gerry, +44 207 176 3569, russell.gerry@spglobal.com

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