ARA oil product stocks reach all-time high

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Oil product stocks in independently held storage at Europe’s Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp hub hit an all-time high on Thursday, according to data from Dutch consultants PJK International.

All product stocks rose, for an overall gain of 4 percent in the week to Thursday. There are now 6.1 million tonnes of gasoline, jet fuel, naphtha, gasoil and fuel oil in the ARA hub locations tracked by PJK.

“We see a lot of production,” said PJK’s Patrick Kulsen.

European refineries have been running at close to maximum capacity this year to take advantage of stellar demand for gasoline, particularly in the United States.

But U.S. refineries have also ramped up production, diminishing the need for Europe’s gasoline. Gasoline stocks in ARA are now at the highest level since April 2014.

Distillates such as diesel and jet fuel have been less in demand compared with gasoline throughout the summer, and ARA jet fuel stocks are now at the highest level since the summer of 2011, Kulsen said.

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Weekly ARA stocks (in ‘000 tonnes)


30/07/2015 23/07/2015 31/07/2014
Gasoline 1,113 1,094 746
Naphtha 210 190 246
Gasoil 3,183 3,182 2,634
Fuel oil 870 737 664
Jet fuel 764 680 425


Incoming cargoes Outgoing cargoes
Gasoline Denmark, France, UK Canada, Mexico, Togo
Naphtha Cuba, Russia None
Gasoil Finland, France,  Russia, UK, US Argentina for orders
Fuel oil Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Spain, UK No new VLCCs. One VLCC arrived July 20 has loaded and is waiting to leave
Jet fuel India, UAE None


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