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Four changes in sulfur market

wallpapers News 2020-08-20
Since the beginning of this year, the domestic sulfur market has continued to decline, the relevant data is almost close to the lowest point during the international financial crisis in 2008, which once again arouses the general concern of the industry on the future development trend of sulfur industry. With the increasing processing capacity of sour crude oil natural gas the development of deep processing of crude oil,

will gradually increase sulfur production. Affected by this, will the sulfur market still adjust in a low range in the future? Where is the outlet of sulfur industry? To this end, the reporter recently conducted in-depth research, from the future sulfur industry regional pattern trend, changes in the source of production, changes in the field of consumption, changes in the import export pattern future market development other aspects of the analysis collation, strive to objectively reflect the industry situation, accurately study judge the future development trend. The regional distribution of

has changed. On the one h, the main supply areas have shifted from coastal areas to inl areas. For a long time, domestic sulfur supply mainly depends on imports. Therefore, the main supply of sulfur in China is distributed in the main coastal port areas transported to the mainl by train car. The total proportion of sulfur supply exceeds about 70% of the domestic supply capacity. This is also the main reason why the international sulfur price always dominates the domestic price. The production of sulfur-containing iron ore sulfur recovery enterprises mainly rely on the production of high sulfur-containing iron ore PetroChina, the rest mainly rely on the production of high sulfur-containing iron ore natural gas recovery. It is understood that as of 2012, Sinopec accounted for 26%, PetroChina accounted for 3%, local refining accounted for 0.3%, others accounted for 0.7%. Among them, the recovery of sulfur from natural gas in Puguang gas field of Sinopec is represented by Sichuan. With the increase of inl production,

, as the main domestic supply areas, the supply proportion of coastal areas has gradually decreased. It can be seen from the market trend in the second half of this year that the mainl price is slightly higher than the mainstream transaction price of ports in most of the time, which also verifies that the regulation ability of sulfur market in coastal areas is gradually declining. On the other h,

are the transfer from the eastern region to the western region. In the past two years, domestic coal chemical projects have sprung up. Coal to olefin, coal to gas, coal to oil, chemical fertilizer other enterprises have settled in major coal producing provinces such as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi Ningxia, with a total investment of more than 300 billion yuan in the western region. In 2013, the national development Reform Commission plans to approve 15 coal chemical projects, including 7 coal to natural gas projects, with an investment of more than 300 billion yuan Go ahead. In addition, nine coal to natural gas projects under construction planned to be built have been approved, all of which are major sulfur producers. If all of the


projects reach the production capacity, the domestic sulfur production will increase by more than 50% based on the annual output of 160000 tons of sulfur with an annual output of 4 billion cubic meters of coal to natural gas. Combined with the growth of other industries, it is expected that the output will double in 2015. This will change the current situation of relying mainly on the port oil refining enterprises in the eastern part of China, the supply pattern of transferring from the east to the west is expected to be formed. " Nanjing Mingchi Chemical Co., Ltd. General Manager Wei Jianyang said. The production source of

will change, sulfur production of

will increase rapidly. Sulfur products mainly come from natural sulfur ore recovered sulfur. Since the 1990s, the global output of natural sulfur has continued to decline, while the amount of recovered sulfur has increased significantly. At present, the recovered sulfur has accounted for more than 96% of the total sulfur production, this proportion will continue to increase in the future. In particular, the world's increasingly stringent requirements for sulfur content in oil products SO2 emissions in the air have prompted the natural gas petroleum refining chemical industries to start sulfur recovery units one after another, making the sulfur recovery capacity grow rapidly. According to a report issued by the International Fertilizer Industry Association, the world's sulfur production will maintain a growth rate of 8% from 2012 to 2014, the sulfur supply in 2014 will reach more than 67.1 million tons, of which 60% of the new 19 million tons will come from natural gas sulfur recovery.

in recent years, sulfur production in China mainly comes from sulfur recovery of natural gas, oil refining chemical industry. From 2009 to 2012, the average annual growth rate exceeded 50%, forming five sulfur production bases in Guangdong, Sichuan, Anhui, Inner Mongolia Shanxi. It is understood that in 2011, China's sulfur production of pyrite associated sulfur ore accounted for 84% of the national sulfur production. Sulfur recovery from natural gas, oil coal accounted for only 14%, natural sulfur accounted for about 1% of the total production. However, the total domestic supply is still less than 1 / 3 of the dem. However,

in China, in addition to the growth of sulfur recovery in refining chemical industry, there are also coal chemical industry in full swing in recent years. Among them, coal to natural gas, coal to oil coal to olefins are the main products with huge growth potential. Gu zongqin, President of the Institute of petroleum chemical industry, once pointed out that in the development of the 12th Five Year Plan, special attention should be paid to the efficient utilization of primary energy, such as oil, natural gas, coal, sulfur, etc. a new type of coal chemical demonstration base should be built, the recycling utilization of recyclable resources such as sulfur carbon dioxide should be done well.

with the deepening of national environmental protection governance, carbon emission indicators will be further strengthened control. Under the background of giving full play to the utilization of coal resources in China, it has become an inevitable trend to develop from coal chemical industry to downstream industry chain. In the process of coal conversion, sulfur recovery has become a necessary link in any project. Therefore, with the rise of domestic coal chemical industry, especially the deep processing of high sulfur coal has become the mainstream in the future, sulfur production from coal chemical industry will inevitably become the mainstream development trend in our country, which is expected to change the production pattern dominated by sulfur production in refining chemical industry.

a relevant person in charge of datangke banner coal to natural gas company told reporters that under the background of rich coal, less gas oil shortage in China, it has become the general trend to develop coal chemical industry promote new energy construction. As the first coal to natural gas demonstration project in China, its annual recovery of 165000 tons of sulfur recovery unit is an important part of the project, the first phase of 55000 tons of unit has been successfully put into trial production in July this year, produced qualified sulfur. It is believed that the sulfur product increment derived from coal chemical industry will gradually replace the refining chemical industry in the future.

consumption field changes

according to the person in charge of China sulfuric acid industry association, the sulfur sulfuric acid sub Technical Committee of national chemical Stardization Technical Committee organized some enterprises to revise the national stard GB / T of "industrial sulfuric acid" 534-2002, in which, for the arsenic content in industrial sulfuric acid, the arsenic content index value of the first grade concentrated sulfuric acid was changed from "0.005%" to "0.001%", the qualified products were increasedIt is expected that the content of arsenic in sulphuric acid production will be increased to 0.005% in the future. As a result, the proportion of sulfur converted into sulfuric acid used to produce other chemical industrial products is increasing.

it is understood that in recent years, the quality of sulfur products produced by domestic coal chemical industry has reached more than 99.9%, even surpassing that of imported or domestic petroleum grade products. It is more more widely used in high-end fields such as chemical industry, dyes, additives, medicine, pesticide, food so on. In addition, with the development of transportation industry, radial tire will gradually replace bias tire. As a result, insoluble sulfur as the main vulcanizing agent of radial tire is more attractive, the dem may increase year by year. In this case, the distribution of industry consumption has changed, the situation of consumption simplification is expected to be improved, the diversified consumption pattern will become the future development trend.

in addition, since the financial crisis in 2008, the international domestic sulfur markets have continued to decline. Although it began to recover in 2010, the recovery rate is not large, it is always in the low consolidation state. Moreover, this year's domestic economic situation is relatively grim, some banks have "money shortage", the monetary liquidity has been tightened, which has increased the pressure on chemical fertilizer production enterprises to return funds. At the same time, it has accelerated the "blood loss" speed of loss making enterprises. Enterprises are forced to maintain cash flow through constant price reduction, which directly intensifies price competition. The greater risk is that some enterprises may close down will be affected for a long time The consumption of raw materials brings negative factors. Sulfur price has bottomed again, which is close to the low point in the financial crisis in 2008. Many people in the industry believe that the era of high sulfur consumption has become history. Although the sharp decline in the sulfur market is closely related to the macro economy, the industry generally believes that the price decline has the greatest relationship with downstream consumption.


at present, it is impossible for the fertilizer industry, which is the mainstream consumption of sulfur, to raise prices substantially in China in a short time, which restricts the cost of raw materials, the price decline is expected. At the same time, the recovery of chemical industry, oil refining industry dyestuff industry may lead to the increase of sulfur consumption price, but the era of high price consumption is history after all. " Hebei a sulfur black production enterprise business vice general manager Li Zhanchao told reporters. The import pattern of

has changed. The main sulfur consumption areas of

are North America, Asia Africa. The main consumption countries include the United States, China, India, Morocco, Tunisia, Brazil, etc., China's consumption growth is the fastest. In the international sulfur trade, North America is the largest export region, the countries with larger sulfur export volume include Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan Iran. The total export volume of these six countries accounts for 70% of the global export volume.

in recent years, China is the largest importer of sulfur. In 2009, China imported 12.16 million tons of sulfur, a record high over the years, accounting for about 1 / 3 of the world trade volume, playing an important role in the international market. Therefore, the domestic market is often subject to the fluctuations of the international market, thus affecting the domestic downstream industries. This is fully confirmed by the sharp decline in the international market price of sulfur in 2008. China's sulfur still has a weak voice in the international market. The outsting feature of

sulfur international trade is that it flows from oil gas producing countries to phosphate fertilizer producing countries, the fertilizer dem of China India has become the main battlefield of sulfur market. According to the relevant data, from 2009 to 2011, China's sulfur imports continued to decline, with an average rate of 10%. Although the import volume reached 11.2028 million tons in 2012, showing signs of rebound, it is only a relative figure based on the growth of domestic consumption, it is still in a downward trend on the whole. In the next few years, China's dependence on imported sulfur is expected to drop again. It is also understood that the UAE Qatar will become important exporters in the next five years, while Saudi Arabia's importance as a sulfur exporter will be weakened. At the same time, in the past two years, the dem of India, Brazil other countries has been increasing, forming a pattern of redistribution adjustment in the international market, which will be the main characteristics trends of future trade. Therefore, under the background of the increasing cost of domestic sales of port goods the substantial growth of inl production, China's sulfur import dependence will further decline in the future, enhancing the discourse power in the international market should become the focus of China's sulfur industry's foreign trade work in the future. "

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