Daily Archives: January 4, 2018

Delve – How Does One Value Minerals?

CCP Quant must not have stayed up late to celebrate the coming of the new year as he had the December monthly economic report up and posted on Tuesday, leaving me to catch up.

As usual, I am viewing this through a Delve-eye lens because the region stands out amongst its null sec brethren.  And December was no exception, with Delve once again leading the null sec mining parade.

December 2017 – Mining Value by Region

Delve rang in with 11.5 trillion ISK in mineral value mined over the course of the month.  You can see how it stacks up to other regions more easily with the bar chart version of this data.

December 2017 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

The gap between Delve and the next most mined region closed a bit, but since that region is Querious, which is under Imperium suzerainty, I am not sure those outside the coalition should be cheering.

The value of the minerals mined in Delve went down, from 13.9 trillion ISK in value in November to the above noted 11.5 trillion ISK.  However, as minerals have no innate value… you can’t hand them in to an NPC for a fixed price… the total mined is measured in market value, and the mineral price index was down yet again in December.

December 2017 – Economic Indices

All that mining and the minerals have to go somewhere.  Still, while the mineral price drop looks drastic on that chart, the long range chart shows that it is still nowhere close to its lowest value ever.

December 2017 – Economic Indices – Long Term

Still, mineral prices are down, though the other indices are up, so I suspect that things are not getting cheaper in Jita all the same.  The disruption of T2 materials with the new moon mining mechanic… and the market speculation that preceded that… probably play into those numbers.

After minerals there is everybody’s favorite null sec range number, the NPC bounties where, once again, Delve is out in front.

December 2017 – NPC Bounties by Region

NPC bounty payouts were up some in December, hitting the 9.9 trillion ISK mark, up from 9.7 trillion ISK in November.  Unlike mining, Delve does not quite dominate as much when it comes to bounties.

December 2017 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

The Branch region saw a boost over last month, coming in second place, with Deklein and Esoteria in third and fourth.

The percentage of overall NPC bounties being claimed in null sec went down by a tiny fraction, adding up to 92.1%, down from 92.4%.

December 2017 – Bounties by Space Sec Rating

Of the total bounty payment number of 65.9 trillion ISK Delve was responsible for 15%.

The change was in favor of high sec and probably reflects the fact that there is an event running.  As an ISK faucet NPC bounties remain on the rise.

December 2017 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

The rise in NPC bounties makes me ask again if CCP will be looking to nerf that at some point, or are they too busy nerfing the agent finder and third party tools to get to that?

On the production front Delve holds second place behind The Forge.

December 2017 – Production Values by Region

However, that number is a bit deceptive as Jita, the center of New Eden, sits at the confluence of three regions.

December 2017 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

So if you look at it as “production around Jita” you have to include The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel, which all together add up to about double Delve.  So most production in New Eden happens around Jita, though the Delve number is still pretty impressive, adding up as it does to about the equivalent of Esoteria, Tribute, Deklein, and Domain.

And then there is market trade value.

December 2017 – Trade Value by Region

In this Jita, located in The Forge (along with those sales citadels in Perimeter), blows everything else out of the water.  It is so far ahead that CCP Quant publishes a chart with everything besides The Forge just so the variations in the rest of the regions will stand out.

December 2017 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, The Forge Excluded

With The Forge out of the accounting Domain, the home of Amarr the second city trade hub, shows up at the top of the list with 76 trillion ISK in trade, or a little more than 10% of the number for The Forge.  Behind that is Delve with a little over 41 trillion ISK in trade value, followed by three more high sec systems with their own trade systems.

Finally, there is the region summary chart that compares some of the most active regions.

December 2017 – Regional Summary Stats

Even with all the production going on in Delve the region still imports 51 trillion ISK, most of which I am sure comes from Jita.  I am not sure if the Delve shipping services ever offer Amarr, which is closer, as a standard shipping option.  With the jump fuel changes that came with the December update the per square meter charge to get things shipped to and from Jita went up 20%.  I am not sure if that was responsible for the 34 trillion ISK drop in imports into the region when compared to November or if there simply wasn’t a need to import as much.

Anyway, another month and another economic report.  You can look at the full report which includes additional charts and all of the raw data if you are interested in the New Eden economy.