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Updated to Q4 2019
Reduced production of naphtha from Saudi Arabia, along with some refining outages in Asia due to maintenance has provided some respite to the persistently long market in Europe. Aramco cut refining runs by around 1m bbl/day to maintain crude exports to its customers – quite a significant figure as Saudi crude runs are typically only 2.5m bbl/day – which is likely to ease supply-side pressure as markets head to Europe amid reduced Saudi naphtha.
The demand outlook appears to be relatively bullish for the European naphtha market in Q4 as Asia is expected to pick up more naphtha from Europe, although this effect will likely not last too long as Saudi crude production was restored relatively promptly. The European liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market is contracting while covering the shortfall from Saudi Arabia, narrowing the propane-naphtha spread and subsequently supporting fundamentals. On the contrary, slowing growth in the ethylene and propylene markets is likely to prove detrimental.
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