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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
US jet fuel supplies were tight during the third quarter, particularly along the east coast, which caused a spike in prices. For the fourth quarter, prices are expected to stabilise, barring any unexpected weather activity or refinery outages. However, prices typically rise along with demand around the busier travel times, including the US Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. A winter storm season like that of 2013 to early 2014 could also prohibit prices from steadying.
Asian jet-kerosene prices declined at the start of the fourth quarter, tracking lower crude oil values. However, the supply of jet kerosene has tightened significantly amid refinery run cuts and maintenance shutdowns. In the Asia-Pacific region, demand traditionally picks up in the fourth quarter as refiners from northeast Asia move to increase their stocks of heating kerosene ahead of peak winter demand season.
European jet fuel values are expected to be depressed, because of falling crude oil futures and a decline in holidaymakers as the peak travelling season for Europe has ended. Demand is expected to slow down in the coming months, while stock levels are already seen to be rising in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region, adding further downward pressure on prices.
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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.