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Feedstocks: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
The availability of fuel oil, gasoil and vacuum gas oil in Europe is expected to remain constant in the coming quarter. However, it could see a boost as Europe's refinery maintenance season ends bringing more barrels online.
The demand outlook for fuel oil, gasoil and vacuum gasoil in Europe is mixed going into the third quarter of 2018. Demand for VGO will depend on the US export demand, which has been lower but recently rebounded somewhat. Demand for fuel oil could rise as air conditioning demand rises, while gasoil could drop as higher summer temperatures kick in.
Ethane production is projected to grow by a further 500,000 b/d to the end of 2019, which bodes for quarter-on-quarter increases through the end of next year. Propane supply is also expected to continue to increase, driven by robust NGL production.
Ethane demand is expected to continue increasing as the new crop of steam crackers in the region ramp up production and start up. Propane demand in the US will be healthy from the petrochemical industry for on-spec propylene production, and robust demand on the international market will drive exports.
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