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Base Oils-lubes overview Transcript
Base Oils are a synonym for base-stocks, they are mixed with additives to form finished lubricants. Biggest end-use is the automotive sector and there’s a big trend right now for higher quality base stocks, so we’re actually seeing some consolidation of our Group 1 Base Oil plants and a bigger move to Group 2, Group 3 and even gas-to-liquids plants.
Automotive emission standards are the biggest factor affecting base oils.
There’s also a seasonality factor. Heavy drive season that’s usually May to September, that’s when demand is the strongest for base oils.
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Updated to Q1 2015
European Group I base oil prices continued falling throughout January, even as crude oil prices stabilised in the middle of the month. The crude oil price crash in late 2014 triggered a corresponding development in the base oil market, but the time lag between upstream and downstream markets led to base oil prices continuing to fall for another two or three weeks after crude stabilised.
Having bottomed out, prices in both the export and domestic market remained stable through February. Domestic remained stable in March, but at the start of the month tightness in the export market triggered resurgent pricing.
Supplies had rapidly gone from long to short, helped in part by maintenance at a number of Russian refineries. The heavier grades, particularly brightstock, came under substantial upward pressure.
The Baltic Sea and Black Sea export market followed a similar trend, although the eventual tightness was much more pronounced in the Baltic market than in Europe because of the Russian maintenances, and some prices there became firmer than in Europe for the first time on record.
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