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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2015
Demand for jet kerosene in Asia traditionally starts to pick up in the third quarter as market participants in northeast Asia start to build up winter heating oil stocks. Some further scheduled refinery maintenance in the third quarter could help tighten the presently well-supplied market. Weaker distillate refining margins at the start of the third quarter could result in a reduction in refinery runs. Arbitrage opportunities for moving cargoes from Asia to Europe have diminished as a result of competition from increases in Middle East refining capacity.
The European jet kerosene market is largely expected to grow by up to 2% overall this year as a 1-2% increase in demand has already been seen compared to the first half of 2014. The falling price of crude oil has given Europeans additional purchasing power and the aviation sector is set to be one of the beneficiaries. Others believe the market will see no growth compared to 2014 due to the high levels of product in storage, particularly in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region.
US jet fuel prices could continue to fall in the coming months due to falling heating oil futures market prices. Spot prices have seen weakness compared to earlier in the year and the weakness comes despite strong production, refinery utilization rate and demand. The weaker spot prices stem from upstream crude prices, which remain weak. Spot prices on 2 July in the US Gulf were assessed at $1.6875-1.6900/gal, more than a dollar under spot prices in 2014 during this time.
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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.