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Updated to Q1 2021
Refinery run rates were lower and output reduced as there was little incentive to produce jet fuel. Stock levels with both producers and consumers increased. Q1 did see the depletion of floating storages, with limited inflows amid sluggish demand. Gasoil production was prioritised over jet fuel as the aviation sector failed to recover.
Demand-wise, Q1 2021 performed worse than Q4 2020 as the recovery in aviation was curbed by a fresh round of lockdowns and travel restrictions. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), European carriers underperformed other regions as the pace of vaccinations rolling out was slower than expected, increasing the risk to summer travel and keeping passenger confidence subdued. This kept jet fuel demand suppressed throughout the quarter.
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Jet kerosene is a blend of hydrocarbons, a product of petroleum refining which belongs to the middle distillate group.
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.
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