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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2014
Spot demand for European and US jet kerosene is traditionally high in the third quarter as more people take to the skies during the holiday travelling season.
However, crude oil price volatility caused by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East is expected to hamper buying interest as uncertainty over upstream costs continues.
An expected mild US Atlantic hurricane season will help keep supplies available through the summer.
There are mixed views about availability going forward as one section of the market is not able to secure required volumes while others have noted storage tanks are filled to a reasonably high level.
In Asian markets, jet kerosene picks up toward the end of the third quarter as refiners in northeast Asia move to increase stocks of heating kerosene ahead of the start of the peak winter demand season. At such times refiners cut production of jet kerosene and increase output of heating kerosene. However, increased regional refining capacity and new condensate splitters could significantly reduce the impact of the seasonal heating kerosene build on the jet-kerosene market.
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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.