ARA oil product stocks fall to 2016 low

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Stocks of refined oil products held independently in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp oil hub fell by over 6 percent in the week to Thursday to their lowest this year, Dutch consultancy PJK International said.

Gasoline stocks fell by nearly 18 percent to a 2016 low on increased export activity to the United States and West Africa, PJK’s Patrick Kulsen said. While a backwardation in the futures market also meant that traders had less incentive to keep the motor fuel in storage tanks, he added.

Naphtha stocks fell sharply by over 28 percent to 212,000 tonnes due to strong demand from gasoline blenders and petrochemical plants, Kulsen said.

Gasoil stocks also fell, by over 5 percent to 3.02 million tonnes as imports into the region slowed and exports continued.

Refinery maintenance shutdowns in the region also contributed to the overall inventory draw.

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Incoming cargoes Outgoing cargoes
Gasoline Estonia, Poland, Russia Brazil, Guinea, Israel, Nigeria, US
Naphtha France, Russia None
Gasoil Baltics Mediterranean, UK
Fuel oil Lithuania, Russia, UK Two VLLCs expected to depart on Oct 6
Jetfuel Saudi Arabia None

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