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Base Oil – Asia Transcript
ICIS publishes a weekly report on the Asia Pacific Base Oils market. We cover three main groups of paraffinic based oil products, they are commonly traded in Asia. Asia is both a major market and a key production centre.
In the report, we track the FOB and CFR markets in Asia as well as Singapore ex-tank prices for group 1 base oil by talking to a wide spectrum of industry players.
Our market coverage extends from South East and North East Asia, to India and the Middle East. We also have a separate in-depth report available on the Chinese market. Industry players rely on the ICIS base oil report to get up to date information on base oil refinery developments and plant shut downs that could have an impact on the market. We also keep a close eye on arbitrage flows and demand from the finished lubricants sector.
Shipping and feedstock information completes the market coverage.
ICIS has covered the Asian market for more than 15 years and our prices are now the industry benchmark. Our report is essential to our subscribers as we are renowned for delivering key, up to date, reliable information which is important for them in order to conduct their business.
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Asian Group I base oils prices in the Singapore ex-tank market were largely stable-to-firm from mid-August to mid-November. High crude values in early August had put upward pressure on prices. However, downstream lubricant sales were overall slow moving and hence affected the purchasing of base oils feedstock by October. SN150 prices were stable at $990-1,070/tonne ex-tank Singapore, SN500 prices rose by $10/tonne at the low end to $1,080-1,180/tonne ex-tank Singapore, and brightstock cargoes rose $40/tonne at the low end to $1,200-1,280/tonne ex-tank Singapore.
On an FOB (free on board) Asia basis, Group I heavy grade brightstock prices fell by $30/tonne at the high end to $1,140-1,150/tonne as the oil-change season starts with the approach of winter when the light viscosity base oils are higher in demand. Prices of lighter grade SN150 firmed by $20-30/tonne to $950-970/tonne with the increase in demand. However, SN500 prices softened by $10-40/tonne to $1,000-1,020/tonne amid oversupply.
Spot supply of Group II cargoes become long after the plant turnarounds in the region were completed. Demand weakened, especially for the heavier viscosity grades on the back of oil-change season in the colder winter months in northeast Asia. Prices of 150N were lower by $30/tonne to $970-1,010/tonne FOB NE (northeast) Asia, and 500N prices fell by $20/tonne at the high end to $1,110-1,120/tonne FOB NE Asia.
For Group III cargoes, prices of 4cst and 6cst rose $10/tonne at the high end to $1,040-1,090/tonne FOB Asia as suppliers exercised stricter price discipline to recoup losses because of previously high feedstock crude oil prices. Prices of 8cst cuts were softer by $40-70/tonne to $1,000-1,010/tonne FOB Asia because of inflated inventories as offtake was poor.
Suppliers were increasingly facing difficulties in moving sales, as downstream buying interest was weak. Many downstream blenders were not keen to stockpile on base oils due to poor lubricants sales, amid weak macroeconomic conditions and the year-end slowdown.
Updated to mid-November 2013
ICIS experts closely follow the Asian Base oils-Lubes markets to give you access to comprehensive, accurate and timely pricing information, market commentary and news.
Asia Base Oils Weekly
ICIS publishes a weekly report for the Asia-Pacific base oils market. We cover three main groups of paraffin-based oil products that are commonly traded in Asia.
In the report, we track the free on board (FOB) and cost & freight (CFR) markets in Asia, as well as Singapore ex-tank prices for Group I base oils, by talking to a wide spectrum of industry players. Our market coverage extends from southeast and northeast Asia to India and the Middle East.
The weekly report also focuses on trade flows and demand from the finished lubricants sector. Shipping and feedstock information completes the market coverage.
ICIS has covered the Asian market for more than 15 years, and our prices are now the industry benchmark. Our subscribers rely on our reporting to provide them with trusted and timely information that they can use in order to make profitable trades.
Asia Base Oils Daily
The ICIS Asia Base oils-Lubes daily report further supplements the detailed market coverage and analysis in the weekly price report. The daily update enables industry players to access information on time-sensitive deals, price movements and production news. It gives them reliable information they can use to react quickly to opportunities and take advantage of short-term arbitrage windows.
Each daily report includes deals, bids and offers for the six widely transacted quotes - Group I, SN150, SN500 and brightstock on a free on board (FOB) Asia basis and ex-tank Singapore basis.
Information on feedstock (fuel oil and gas oil) and a detailed analysis for China, one of the most influential base oils markets in the region, are also included.
ICIS C1 Energy Asia Base oils-Lubes Plant Research
The ICIS C1 Energy Asia Base oils-Lubes Plant Research covers key Asian markets including China, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia, along with Russia and the Middle East.
It provides readers with in-depth analysis on developments and trade flows among major Asian plants, as well as a production outlook. The research also features a detailed summary of plant updates in the market from 2011, including a market outlook stretching as far as 2015.
It contains details on plants in the Middle East and Russia, and covers China’s major base oils importers. In addition, it provides readers with an in-depth summary of base oils production processes and specifications across Asian plants.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Base oils-Lubes. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enable you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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