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OMV petchem margin declines, refining margins tank

October 09/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- OMV (Vienna, Austria) says its petrochemical net margin declined 15% year on year (YOY) in the third quarter ended 30 September, while its refining margin indicator plunged 84% YOY, reported Chemweek.

In a trading update ahead of the companys third-quarter results, due to be released on 29 October, OMV says its ethylene/propylene net margin fell to EUR375/metric ton (USD441/metric ton) from EUR441/metric ton a year earlier. The third-quarter petchem margin is also down from EUR393/metric ton in the second quarter of this year. The company calculates the petchem net margin based on West European contract prices, with naphtha as the feedstock.

OMVs refining margin indicator collapsed to USD0.87/barrel (bbl) in the quarter from USD5.46/bbl in the prior-year period, and is also down substantially from the second-quarter figure of USD2.26/bbl. The companys refinery capacity utilization rate averaged 90% in the third quarter, a decline of 6% from a year earlier but up from 79% in the second quarter of this year.

OMV recorded a positive contribution in the third quarter from refining margin hedges in a mid-double digit million Euros magnitude, it says.

As MRC informed earlier, Austrian energy group OMV sees hope for a recovery in oil prices in the second half of 2020 helped by increased fuel demand and output cuts by producers such as Saudi Arabia, according to its chief executive's statement in May 2020.

We remind that on 12 March, 2020, Austrias OMV OMV, the international integrated gas and oil company headquartered in Vienna, and Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company, signed an agreement that will give OMV a controlling stake in Borealis, one of Europes leading petrochemical companies. OMV, which currently owns a 36% stake in Borealis, will acquire an additional 39% from Mubadala, increasing its stake to 75%. Mubadala will retain a 25% interest. The closing of the transaction is expected by the end of 2020 and is subject to regulatory approvals.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PP, PE, LLDPE, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Borealis, OMV, Austria, Russia.
Category:General News
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