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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
Early in the third quarter, the jet-kerosene market in Asia was well supplied with jet-kerosene amid the closure of arbitrage windows to Europe and the US. However, there were some expectations that demand could pick up when Europe and the US enter their peak summer air travel season. Supplies of jet-kerosene were expected to tighten later in the third quarter due to scheduled refinery maintenance in Asia.
Europe’s jet kerosene market was also well supplied going into the third quarter, with healthy stocks. Despite this, it was still attracting imports and this was not expected to change. The industry was awaiting the summer holiday travel season, but it is unclear how this will unfold after terrorist attacks in Brussels and the UK's 'Brexit' vote knocked the pound.
US jet fuel will likely be pressured as long as crude oil and refined products, including heating oil, remain oversupplied. Tepid demand has caused inventories to fill quickly, causing at least one refinery to cut back production on the east coast. However, the low prices have kept demand stronger year on year.
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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.