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Updated to Q4 2018
Q4 European jet kerosene supply is expected to remain stable with demand continuing to soften compared to the Q3 peak season and unconfirmed talk of planned refinery turnarounds leading to balanced fundamentals. Stocks are expected to also remain stable but it is unknown how imports/exports could impact the market overall.
Q4 demand for jet kerosene in the European market is expected to be weaker compared to the third quarter, which was the peak season. Q4 buying interest is likely to remain stable-to-soft for the first half of the quarter with increases likely during December due to a holiday season throughout Europe.
Updated to Q2 2018
Scheduled refinery maintenance particularly in northeast Asia is expected to result in supply tightening during the quarter. However, supply could start to rise and exceed demand requirements in May, as number of refineries come back on-stream. Much will depend on whether exports from China will increase as traders await news of second quarter export quotas. The arbitrage windows are likely to open up from the Middle East and possibly Asia to Europe and from northeast Asia to the US west coast later in the quarter as the peak summer travel season in the northern hemisphere approaches.
Demand is traditionally low in the first half of the quarter. However, it is expected to firm later in the quarter with increased air travel associated with public holidays in May as well as summer holiday demand in Asia in June and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere in July and August.
Jet fuel supply for Q2 2018 is expected to be seasonally boosted due to high flight season. Some market players take a bullish supply outlook as refineries come back online after maintenance season and higher numbers of imports are arriving in the coming months compared to Q1.
Demand for European jet fuel is set to increase in Q2 2018 as high flight season gets underway. Although most consumers purchase the fuel on a contractual basis, the spot market could see a boost in activity as demand ramps up for passenger air travel.
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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.