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About Sulfur. Sulfur is a nonmetallic element primarily used as a precursor to other chemicals. Most of its demand is for sulfuric acid (to be used in fertilizer production primarily), followed by uses in petroleum refining and metal mining. Pure Sulfur appears as a bright yellow crystalline solid at room temperature, however, this element usually occurs as sulfide or sulfate minerals. Most of elemental sulfur is produced from removing sulfuric impurities contaminants from petroleum and natural gas.

Sulfur Handling. Sulfur should be stored in a dry, cool, well-ventilated area, away from flammable materials, sources of ignition, and oxidizing agents, preferably in carbon steel containers. Acid-resistant internal coating is also recommended for containments and storage spaces. Hulls of sea carriers for the transport of solid sulfur should be either coated or lime washed. Sulphur tanks are of the insulated, self-supporting type, resting on multiple supports in the hull. They are secured against rolling and pitching movements, but allowed to expand or contract with different cargo temperatures. Molten sulphur has to be carried at the temperature within the ranges of 120°C and 155°C – normally about 140°C – which places very heavy demands on the cargo equipment.

Sulfur Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Sulfur are listed below.

  • Iron pyrite (Outokumpu process),
  • Natural sulfur deposits (Frasch process),
  • Hydrogen sulfide (Cope process and Claus process)

Sulfur Uses.The uses and applications of Sulfur may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Sulfur are solid (min. purity of 99.7%, granular, crushed lump or prills) and molten (min. purity of 99.9%).

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Data Legend. The chart above shows Sulfur price assessments in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt) in 7 locations, as follows:

  • Sulfur, US (United States): Sulfur, import transaction price, cif, United States
  • Sulfur, EUR (Europe): Sulfur, export transaction price, fob, Spain
  • Sulfur, SAM (South America): Sulfur, import transaction price, cif, Brazil
  • Sulfur, SEA (Southeast Asia): Sulfur, import spot price, cfr, India
  • Sulfur (granular), CN (China): Sulfur (granular), domestic spot price, exw, China
  • Sulfur, MDE (Middle East): Sulfur, export spot price, fob, United Arab Emirates (netback from cfr India)
  • Sulfur, AFR (Africa): Sulfur, import spot price, cfr, Morocco (netforward from fob United Arab Emirates)

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Sulfur Price Outlook. The price of Sulfur (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 103 USD per metric ton, which represents a decline of 5% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Sulfur (United States) decreased significantly by 7%. Meanwhile, the average price of Sulfur (China) amounted to 124 USD per metric ton, from 142 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Sulfur (China) is 6% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Sulfur (Southeast Asia) declined considerably throughout April 2019, reaching 123 USD per metric ton.  The price is 16% lower than the average price in the previous month and 12% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Sulfur (Middle East) decreased significantly during April 2019, reaching 118 USD per metric ton, which means a decline of 17% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 11% from the previous year’s price. 

The prices of Sulfur (Africa) experienced a significant decline of 12 USD per metric ton from the prior month's price, to 121 USD per metric ton. Such price movement meant a decrease of 9% on a monthly basis and a decrease of 14% on a yearly basis. On the other hand, in April 2019, the price of Sulfur (Europe) was flat when compared against the previous month's price. The April 2019 price is 8% lower than the price one year before. 

The average price of Sulfur (South America) was 119 USD per metric ton on April 2019 – a sharp decrease of 19 USD per metric ton, or 14%, compared with the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, the price of Sulfur (South America) is 24% lower than the price one year before.

About Sulfur. Sulfur is a nonmetallic element primarily used as a precursor to other chemicals. Most of its demand is for sulfuric acid (to be used in fertilizer production primarily), followed by uses in petroleum refining and metal mining. Pure Sulfur appears as a bright yellow crystalline solid at room temperature, however, this element usually occurs as sulfide or sulfate minerals. Most of elemental sulfur is produced from removing sulfuric impurities contaminants from petroleum and natural gas.

Sulfur Handling. Sulfur should be stored in a dry, cool, well-ventilated area, away from flammable materials, sources of ignition, and oxidizing agents, preferably in carbon steel containers. Acid-resistant internal coating is also recommended for containments and storage spaces. Hulls of sea carriers for the transport of solid sulfur should be either coated or lime washed. Sulphur tanks are of the insulated, self-supporting type, resting on multiple supports in the hull. They are secured against rolling and pitching movements, but allowed to expand or contract with different cargo temperatures. Molten sulphur has to be carried at the temperature within the ranges of 120°C and 155°C – normally about 140°C – which places very heavy demands on the cargo equipment.

Sulfur Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Sulfur are listed below.

  • Iron pyrite (Outokumpu process),
  • Natural sulfur deposits (Frasch process),
  • Hydrogen sulfide (Cope process and Claus process)

Sulfur Uses.The uses and applications of Sulfur may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Sulfur are solid (min. purity of 99.7%, granular, crushed lump or prills) and molten (min. purity of 99.9%).

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