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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
At the start of the fourth quarter the jet-kerosene market in Asia was close to balance after open arbitrage windows allowed the shipment of surplus jet-kerosene cargoes to Europe and the US West Coast towards the end of the third quarter. Scheduled refinery maintenance in northeast Asia at the start of the fourth quarter was also expected to tighten supplies. However, when units are back on line later in the quarter refinery production capacity is expected to continue to exceed demand. Arbitrage opportunities will need to open up to avoid a buildup of stocks.
Demand is expected to be buoyed by seasonal stockbuilding of winter heating kerosene particularly in Japan and South Korea. Strong demand growth from the airline sector in China and India was expected to continue to provide support. However, region refinery production capacity has continued to exceed demand. Arbitrage opportunities will need to open up to buoy demand.
Jet kerosene supply is expected to increase as the market moves into a quiet period following peak summer demand. Supply of jet fuel from the US to Europe was negatively impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma which forced US Gulf Coast refiners to cut output and exports. With this hurdle being removed, there could be more transatlantic product heading Europe’s way.
Jet kerosene demand is expected to decrease as the market moves into a quiet period following peak summer demand. Most airlines experience their busiest period during July and August, following which they experience a lull in demand. This is expected to pick up slightly before the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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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.