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Butane
Butane Price Forecast and History
C4H10
technical grade (95 wt% minimum purity); pure grade (99 wt % minimum purity); and research grade (99.99 wt% minimum purity).
Butane is used in various organic synthesis, gasoline additives, and in hydrogen production. it is also used as synthetic rubber precursor; aerosol propellant; refrigerant; and industrial solvent.
t-butyl hydroperoxide; gasoline, alkylate; and isobutylene.

About Butane. Butane (a.k.a. Butanes) refers to a group of alkane isomers with four carbon atoms. There are different isomers depending on the molecule structure. It is a highly flammable and colorless gas. It is one of the hydrocarbons present in a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) mixture. The main source of butanes is petrol distillation, but they can also be synthesized with syngas.

Butane trade may occur in the spot market for immediate delivery. Spot prices, unlike contract prices, depend on commodity availability and are vulnerable to disruptions like plant closures, natural disasters, supply shortages, or changes in regulations by country governments. Conversely, lower demand and increased producer inventories tend to drive spot prices down.

Butane Handling. Bulk Isobutane is usually shipped by pipeline, rail cars, barges, see tankers, tank trucks and metal bottles around the globe. Liquid butane may be stored both above and below ground. Besides storage in liquefied form under its vapor pressure at normal atmospheric temperatures, refrigerated liquid storage at atmospheric pressure may be used. The compound is extremely flammable, so it must be transported and stored away from heat, sparks, flame, or other sources of ignition.

Butane Uses. Butane is a very versatile commodity: it is used in various organic synthesis and in hydrogen production worldwide. It is also a key synthetic rubber precursor; aerosol propellant; refrigerant; and industrial solvent. In gasoline blending, it plays an important role since it has a high octane number and is capable of raising the Reid vapor pressure (RVP), which is crucial for winter fuels. As a refrigerant, butane is a much more environment-friendly alternative and has largely replaced halomethanes (CFC).

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<p><b>About Butane Prices.</b> Butane is a gas widely used as a fuel in industrial processes such as heating, drying, and refining. It is mainly produced via natural gas processing, therefore its price is directly correlated to the prices of these raw materials and the technology used, as it affects the cost production.</p><p>Transportation costs and weather conditions also have a significant impact on the price of butane. Butane is often transported by pipeline, sea tankers, rail, or truck to reach consumers in such a way that transportation costs can vary depending on the distance between supplier and consumer and type of transportation used. Weather conditions can also affect the price of butane, particularly during periods of extreme cold or freezing weather. Additionally, severe weather conditions can impact the transportation infrastructure, making it difficult to deliver butane to consumers. This can lead to supply shortages and further price increases.</p><p>The government can also impact butane prices typically via environmental regulations. For example, by requiring a reduction in emissions from industrial processes. Another way that government regulations can impact butane prices is through taxes and subsidies, depending on the energy policy in place.</p><p>In this context, having access to reliable butane price data is essential for businesses that rely on butane as a fuel source for their industrial operations, enabling them to make informed decisions about pricing strategies, supply chain management, and investment opportunities.</p>
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Data Legend. The chart shows Butane prices in United States, in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt), as follows:

  • Butane, spot, US (United States): Butane (n-butane), spot price, fob, Mont Belvieu
  • Butane, imp, BR (Brazil): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Brazil
  • Butane, imp, CO (Colombia): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Colombia
  • Butane, exp, CA (Canada): Butane, export transaction price, fob, Canada
  • Butane, imp, CL (Chile): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Chile
  • Butane, imp, MX (Mexico): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Mexico
  • Butane, imp, DE (Germany): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Germany
  • Butane, imp, BE (Belgium): Butane (field grade), import spot price, cif, ARA
  • Butane, imp, NL (Netherlands): Butane (field grade), import spot price, cif, ARA
  • Butane, exp, GB (United Kingdom): Butane (field grade), export spot price, fob, United Kingdom
  • Butane, imp, FI (Finland): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Finland
  • Butane, imp, FR (France): Butane, import contract price, cif, France
  • Butane, exp, NO (Norway): Butane, export transaction price, fob, Norway
  • Butane, exp, SE (Sweden): Butane (field grade), export spot price, fob, Sweden
  • Butane, imp, CZ (Czech Republic): Butane (field grade), import spot price, cif, Czech Republic
  • Butane, imp, HU (Hungary): Butane (field grade), import spot price, cif, Hungary
  • Butane, exp, IT (Italy): Butane, export transaction price, fob, Italy
  • Butane, imp, PL (Poland): Butane (field grade), import spot price, cif, Poland
  • Butane, exp, ES (Spain): Butane (field grade), export spot price, fob, Spain
  • Butane, exp, SG (Singapore): Butane (n-butane), export contract price, fob, Singapore
  • Butane, imp, ID (Indonesia): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Indonesia
  • Butane, imp, TH (Thailand): Butane (n-butane), import contract price, cif, Thailand
  • Butane, imp, IN (India): Butane (n-butane), import contract price, cif, India
  • Butane, imp, PH (Philippines): Butane (n-butane), import contract price, cif, Philippines
  • Butane, exp, AU (Australia): Butane, export transaction price, fob, Australia
  • Butane, imp, CN (China): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, China
  • Butane, imp, JP (Japan): Butane, import transaction price, cif, Japan
  • Butane, exp, RU (Russia): Butane (n-butane), export spot price, fob, Russia
  • Butane, imp, KR (South Korea): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, South Korea
  • Butane, imp, TW (Taiwan): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Taiwan
  • Butane, exp, SA (Saudi Arabia): Butane (n-butane), export contract price, fob, Saudi Arabia
  • Butane, imp, ZA (South Africa): Butane (n-butane), import contract price, cif, South Africa
  • Butane, imp, TR (Turkey): Butane (n-butane), import spot price, cif, Turkey

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Butane Price Outlook. The Butane price in United States decreased during April 2019 to 332 USD per metric ton, which represents a slight decline of 3% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, Butane prices in United States decreased significantly by 19%. Meanwhile, in Brazil, the average price of Butane amounted to 372 USD per metric ton in April 2019, from 472 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the Butane price in Brazil is 10% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Butane in Colombia declined throughout April 2019, reaching 1,000 USD per metric ton. The price in Colombia is 6% lower than the average price in the previous month and 6% higher than the average price one year before. In contrast, Butane prices in Canada increased during April 2019, reaching 352 USD per metric ton, which means a rise of 6% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 4% from the previous year’s price. 

In the month examined, the Butane prices in Chile experienced a modest decline of 1 USD per metric ton from the previous month's price, to 418 USD per metric ton. Such price movement in Chile meant a decrease of 0.2% on a monthly basis and a decrease of 30% on a yearly basis. On the other hand, in April 2019, the Butane price in Mexico witnessed a rise of 130 USD per metric ton when compared against the previous month's price, to 460 USD per metric ton. The April 2019 price in Mexico is 58% higher than the price one year before. 

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About Butane. Butane (a.k.a. Butanes) refers to a group of alkane isomers with four carbon atoms. There are different isomers depending on the molecule structure. It is a highly flammable and colorless gas. It is one of the hydrocarbons present in a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) mixture. The main source of butanes is petrol distillation, but they can also be synthesized with syngas.

Butane trade may occur in the spot market for immediate delivery. Spot prices, unlike contract prices, depend on commodity availability and are vulnerable to disruptions like plant closures, natural disasters, supply shortages, or changes in regulations by country governments. Conversely, lower demand and increased producer inventories tend to drive spot prices down.

Butane Handling. Bulk Isobutane is usually shipped by pipeline, rail cars, barges, see tankers, tank trucks and metal bottles around the globe. Liquid butane may be stored both above and below ground. Besides storage in liquefied form under its vapor pressure at normal atmospheric temperatures, refrigerated liquid storage at atmospheric pressure may be used. The compound is extremely flammable, so it must be transported and stored away from heat, sparks, flame, or other sources of ignition.

Butane Uses. Butane is a very versatile commodity: it is used in various organic synthesis and in hydrogen production worldwide. It is also a key synthetic rubber precursor; aerosol propellant; refrigerant; and industrial solvent. In gasoline blending, it plays an important role since it has a high octane number and is capable of raising the Reid vapor pressure (RVP), which is crucial for winter fuels. As a refrigerant, butane is a much more environment-friendly alternative and has largely replaced halomethanes (CFC).

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