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Price Assessment

Platts US Methanol Assessments

  • What is US Methanol price assessment?
  • How we assess US Methanol price
  • Platts US Methanol Daily Commentary
  • Platts US Methanol Daily Rationale

What is US Methanol price assessment?

Platts assesses methanol daily on an FOB US Gulf Coast (Houston – Texas City area) basis for the current month and next forward month. The assessments roll to the next forward month five calendar days prior to the end of the month.

The assessments reflect product with maximum water content of 0.1% by weight.

Additionally, S&P Global Platts publishes a weekly net contract assessment that reflects typical discounts, based on market feedback.

How we assess US Methanol price

Platts assessments are based on market information, including, but not limited to, firm bids and offers, and trades reported to the editor up to the close of business (1.30 pm Houston time).

All the information used to inform the assessment is published transparently on S&P Global Platts platforms as "heards". An assessment rationale is published explaining what the assessments are and how they have been reached.

A daily market commentary accompanies the price assessments and rationale, which highlights the most important trends that have affected the markets that day and provides insight into what the market expects over the coming weeks.

Platts US Methanol Daily Commentary

  • Market remains in contango
  • Thin trading activity reported ahead of holiday


US spot methanol held to previous-day values July 2, with thin spot trading activity reported ahead of the July 4 extended holiday.


Front-month (July) spot methanol was assessed unchanged at 56 cents/gal FOB USG, with no new bids, trades, or offers reported in the market. Second-month (August) spot methanol was also assessed unchanged at 57 cents/gal FOB USG, remaining at a 1-cent/gal premium to the front-month value.

Prices in Northwest Europe were also flat on the day, with EUR 158.50/mt last indicated Wednesday. With prices unchanged in both the US Gulf Coast and the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp hub, the locational price spread between the two regions widened marginally by 0.11 cent/gal to -2.55 cents/gal on exchange rate fluctuations. A negative price spread between the two regions indicates that exports from the ARA hub to the oversupplied USG market could become economic should the spread widen.

Platts US Methanol Daily Rationale

S&P Global Platts assessed front-month (July) spot methanol unchanged at 56 cents/gal FOB USG on July 2, with no new bids, trades or offers reported on the day.


Second-month (August) spot methanol was also assessed unchanged at 57 cents/gal FOB USG, remaining at a 1-cent/gal premium to the front-month value.


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