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Updated to Q3 2021
Tight supply is expected to further ease in Q3 with the restart of Idemitsu Kosan’s Chiba unit by July, albeit at a gradual pace. Southeast Asian refiners will likely continue running their units at reduced rates due to poor refining margins amid persistent weak demand for other types of fuels.
Overall demand in Q3 in northeast and southeast Asia is expected to pick up with the approach of the peak demand season in September. India demand will also likely improve after the lifting of lockdown restrictions in June, although the ongoing monsoon season will keep the demand recovery in check.
Supply of light grade 150N from northeast Asia is expected to lengthen further as South Korea’s GS Caltex continues to recover spot supply from its Group II unit, following the restart in early May. Heavy grade 500/600N supply will likely stay largely stable amid the turnaround at Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) from July to August.
Demand in China and southeast Asia is likely to pick up slightly ahead of the peak demand season in September. Demand in India is also likely increase after the lifting of lockdown restrictions in June, although the monsoon season will keep the demand recovery in check.
Supply in Q3 is expected to recover after South Korean SK Lubricants restarted one of its two Group III units in end-May from a turnaround. Its other unit was restarted in mid-April from maintenance. Shipments from the Middle East to Asia including India will likely stay curbed as more volumes are expected to be heading for Europe and the US instead, due to short supply and higher prices in the latter regions.
Demand in China is expected to improve with the onset of the peak demand season in September. Demand in India and southeast Asia will likely be curbed as the automotive sector is expected to remain slow due to the high number of coronavirus infections in India and some southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.
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The main use for base oils is in the manufacture of lubricants, of which there are many thousands of types.
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