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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2016
The outlook for European jet kerosene was mixed in early 2016 as the market remained saturated with product as storage levels hovered at the 800,000 tonne mark, close to the highest figure ever recorded. Differentials were seen to be rising early in Q1and this was expected by some to continue, but it is unclear what will drive the market higher given that supply remains high and demand is not expected to change significantly.
US jet kerosene prices began the first quarter of 2016 very weak after plummeting to 11-year lows at the end of 2015. US Jet kerosene prices will depend heavily on heating oil futures, which early in the first quarter were steadily approaching the $1/gal mark.
In the first quarter, spot prices for NYH and USG product fell below $1/gal for the first time since 2004 and are likely to remain very low if crude oil’s weakness persists.
The jet-kerosene demand is expected to continue to grow in Asia during 2016 but the slowdown in the Chinese economy could moderate growth. China is increasingly less dependent on imports amid increases in its refining capacity. The market is expected to be balanced to moderately well supplied during the first quarter of 2016 as winter weather has thus far reduced demand for heating kerosene.
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Jet Kerosene Methodology
About Jet kerosene
Jet kerosene is a blend of hydrocarbons with molecules typically containing 8 to 16 carbon atoms obtained from the middle distillate group in crude oil distillation. The fuel is used in aircraft powered by gas turbine engines.
The Jet A-1 fuel has a higher specification than normal kerosene with a relatively high flash point making it safer to handle than other jet fuels. The Jet A-1 also has a higher freezing point and contains antistatic additives to dissipate static electricity and prevent sparking. Other additives include antioxidants to prevent gumming, corrosion inhibitors, biocides and icing inhibitors.
Jet kerosene also requires a low smoke point. The kerosene fraction can contain aromatic compounds which have higher carbon-to-hydrogen ratios. When these compounds burn, the deficiency of hydrogen can cause smoke. By hydrotreating the kerosene, the aromatic rings get saturated with hydrogen, converting them to naphthalenes which burn cleaner.