Naphtha

Flammable liquid hydrocarbon with multiple applications

A fast-moving market with many influences on supply and demand

A bellwether for the global economy, naphtha is used in a vast range of goods. It is also important in gasoline production. Global market drivers include demand for fertilisers, industrial paints and coatings, gasoline and for naphtha as a petrochemical feedstock, often from fast developing countries such as China and India.

Despite its global importance, slim or negative margins can cause refineries to cut back naphtha production. The market is also sensitive to weakening manufacturing and increases in oil and gas production.

Naphtha can also be used to dilute crude oil to make it easy to pump and transport. It is then removed and recycled after the oil is processed. This has become more important as production has shifted from lighter crude oils to heavy crude oil.

ICIS monitors upstream feedstocks, with a weekly recap of movements in crude oil markets. We analyse the relationship of naphtha with competing commodities, and the effects of supply disruptions and geopolitical events.

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