ARA gasoil stocks fall

LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Gasoil stocks held in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) hub fell by over 7 percent in the week to Thursday partly because of refinery maintenance work, Dutch consultancy PJK International said.

A planned maintenance shutdown on a diesel-producing hydrocracking unit at Shell’s 141,000 barrels-per-day Wesseling refinery in Germany and brief shutdown of a hydrocracker at Shell’s 404,000-bpd Pernis refinery in the Netherlands probably contributed to the stock draw, PJK’s Patrick Kulsen said.

Increased demand from the agricultural sector led to more gasoil going up the Rhine River, contributing to the draw-down Kulsen added.

Jet stocks fell by over 14 percent, also due to refinery maintenance work.

Naphtha stocks rose sharply by over 70 percent to 195,000 tonnes while gasoline stocks were stable. Demand for blending naphtha into gasoline has been declining, traders said.

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Weekly ARA stocks (in ‘000 tonnes)

Incoming cargoes Outgoing cargoes
Gasoline Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Puerto Rico
Naphtha France, United Kingdom None
Gasoil IIndia, Baltics United Kingdom
Fuel oil France, Norway, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, United States One VLCC expected to arrive on April 22 and to depart to Singapore with a part cargo on April 27
Jetfuel Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea None

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