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Asia Distillates-Jet cracks inch up; aviation demand struggles

September 29/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Asian refining margins for jet fuel edged higher, but traders remained concerned the market for the aviation fuel would stay depressed for the remainder of the year due to lesser number of scheduled flights operating in the region, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Refining margins or cracks for jet fuel in Singapore were at a discount of 41 cents per barrel to Dubai crude during Asian trade on Tuesday, compared with minus 88 cents per barrel a day earlier.

The jet fuel cracks, which also determines the profitability of closely-related kerosene, might find some support once winter heating demand for kerosene picks up, trade sources said. "Asian jet markets will continue to struggle until the uptick in Northeast Asian kerosene heating demand kicks in later in the fourth quarter of 2020, as the rest of the region lags behind China," consultancy Energy Aspects said in a monthly note. "Chinese domestic flight numbers are higher year-on-year in September, meaning the country can provide little further support as regional supplies rise from present levels." Scheduled flights in China were down by 2.3% year-on-year in the week to Monday, compared with a 4.2% drop in the preceding week, data from aviation data firm OAG data showed.

Cash discounts for jet fuel were at USD1.17 a barrel to Singapore quotes on Tuesday, 4 cents lower from Monday. The regrade, which is the price spread between jet and gasoil, for October stood at a discount of USD2.62 a barrel on Tuesday, prompting refiners to continue blending jet fuel into the diesel pool.

India fuel exports - India's diesel exports rose 35.4% to 2.79 MM tonnes in August from 2.06 MM tonnes in July, government data showed on Monday. The August exports jumped about 18% year on year, the data showed. - The country exported about 140,000 tonnes of jet fuel in August, compared with 230,000 tonnes in July and 540,000 tonnes in August 2019, data showed.

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:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry.
Category:General News
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