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Jet kerosene: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
Oversupply in the jet-kerosene market in Asia is expected to subside as the second quarter progresses. At the start of the quarter the arbitrage window had partially opened from the Arab Gulf to Europe, which is expected to help reduce oversupply in Asia. Second-quarter scheduled refinery maintenance, particularly in northeast Asia, is also expected to alleviate the supply overhang in Asia. Meanwhile demand is expected to pick up towards the end of the quarter, supported by the peak air travel period in the northern hemisphere.
Demand is expected to increase in the European jet kerosene market over the next quarter as passenger demand for flights generally increases around Easter. Market supply is generally expected to be healthy, with imports from Asia recently entering the market.
US jet kerosene consumption had shown signs of increasing at the end of the first quarter, and it was unclear whether this trend would continue in the second quarter. Production levels are currently said to be stronger year on year and this trend could continue in the second quarter.
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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.