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Jet kerosene: Market overview
US jet fuel spot prices in both the US Gulf (USG) and New York Harbor (NYH) regions will ease in the second quarter of 2014 as freezing temperatures across much of the US start to improve. The unusually cold weather through the month of March caused delays in production and transportation of jet fuel from the USG region to the NYH. Furthermore, heating oil futures, the basis for spot jet fuel prices in the US, have started to trade below the $3/gal mark as heating demand tapered off.
Although demand for jet kerosene in the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow annually, spot requirements are expected to remain somewhat muted through most of the second quarter – but some increase could emerge towards the end of the quarter and the start of the holiday period in June. Supply is expected to tighten as a result of scheduled refinery maintenance, particularly in Japan, but the impact is likely to be partly offset by an absence of strong spot demand.
In Europe, spot demand is weak and differentials over gasoil are likely to remain stable at the low levels seen in the first quarter. Refinery maintenance and expectations of a developing contango in the gasoil price may offer some support to pricing, but sources have not been confident the market will strengthen in the second quarter.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.