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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
Demand for jet kerosene in Asia is forecast to continue rising in 2015. The second quarter of the year is traditionally a low demand season in Asia for jet kerosene and many refineries in the region undergo scheduled shutdown maintenance during this period, particularly in northeast Asia. The resultant reduction in production can serve to tighten supply during the second quarter. However, increased refining capacity in the Middle East is expected to result in further inflows of jet kerosene into the Asia-Pacific region.
European jet kerosene demand in Q2 2015 is expected to pick up after a very quiet first quarter because the spring/summer travelling season begins in April/May. Prices have been depressed as a result of falling crude futures, which has boosted storage levels in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region; however, stock levels are expected to fall when demand begins to rise.
Demand for jet kerosene in the US is also expected to pick up going into the summer months, and prices will be largely dependent on the movement of crude oil, which has pushed down prices in the past several months. The refinery maintenance season, which tightened up supply and pushed up prices some, has mostly wrapped up, so if prices rise it will likely be attributed to crude oil prices or higher summer demand.
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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.