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ARA independent product stocks rise

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 8 februari 2019 14:09:22

Oil product stocks held in independent storage tanks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub rose marginally during the past week, prompted by gains in gasoil and fuel oil inventories.

Fuel oil stocks climbed this week on week because of higher imports. The ARA region received fuel oil from Finland, France, Latvia, Poland, Russia, the US and the UK. One tanker left Rotterdam for west Africa with a fuel oil cargo to supply the local bunkering market. Falling freight rates on the Europe to Singapore route boosted demand for very large crude carrier (VLCC) cargoes.

Diesel stocks also rose during the past week. The economics for importing diesel form the Middle East to Europe firmed last week, stimulating flows from the east. Meanwhile, cold weather in the US bolstered demand for diesel, making less material available to be shipped to Europe. It also pushed prices higher, denting the economics for exporting the product.

Gasoline stocks fell during the past week. The northwest European and Mediterranean markets remain well-supplied with gasoline. US gasoline stocks have been rising, dampening demand for European products. The latest report from the EIA showed that stocks on the Atlantic coast — crucial for arbitrage economics between the US and Europe — hit the highest level since February 2017 during the week to 1 February. Likewise, the outlook for exports to the Middle East is bleak, owing to the restart of the 127,000 b/d residual fluid catalytic cracker at the UAE’s Ruwais-2 refinery following a two-year shutdown.

The European naphtha market has also been oversupplied as demand for the product from gasoline blenders has been at a low level because of weak margins. Demand for naphtha from the petrochemicals sector has also been soft as rival feedstock propane has been more competitive. But stocks fell marginally as some product was exported to South Korea.

And jet fuel stocks fell slightly from the prior week as the ARA region exported product to the UK and Ireland, while some jet fuel was imported from India. The tanker N Mars arrived into Rotterdam on 1 February with 60,000t of jet fuel from India.

Reporter: Sergei Balashov

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ARA independent product stocks remain stable

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 21 januari 2019 11:12:50

London – Oil product volumes held in independent storage tanks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub were broadly unchanged on the week today.

Gasoil inventories rose this week. Demand from the European hinterland rose week on week to reach its highest level since May 2018, with falling temperatures continuing to bolster demand for heating oil. But the increase in barge flows was more than offset by an rise in seaborne volumes from from Latvia, Russia and the US, for the second consecutive week.

Fuel oil inventories fell week on week. The very large crude carrier (VLCC) As Suwayq remained in Rotterdam loading a 270,000t for Singapore delivery. Three eastbound VLCC bookings have emerged so far during January, compared with none in December. This is mostly a result of falling freight rates, and high inventories in Europe compared with the Asia-Pacific region. A single Suezmax departed for Singapore during the week to today.

Gasoline stocks remained around the nine-month high recorded in recent weeks. Ample supply in north America weighed on demand from the US Atlantic coast and the US Gulf, weighing on northwest European prices and stimulating an increase in tanker bookings for destinations east of Suez.

Naphtha inventories fell as a result of firm demand from inland petrochemical end-users. An anticipated fall in Rhine water levels helped add urgency to naphtha buying from the petrochemical sector this week, but demand from gasoline blenders remained low on ample supply in key markets.

Jet fuel stocks rose amid lower demand week on week. No jet barges were recorded leaving ARA for discharge along the Rhine, and the Long Range 2 (LR2) tanker SFL Trinity arrived in Rotterdam carrying a 90,000t cargo from Ruwais on 15 January. It was not clear whether the entire cargo was offloaded.

Reporter: Tom Warner

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ARA independent product stocks rise

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 11 januari 2019 9:25:29

London: Oil products held in independent storage tanks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub rose on the week today, prompted by a rise in fuel oil stocks.

Gasoil inventories were broadly stable. Demand from the European hinterland rose week on week, with falling temperatures bolstering demand for heating fuels. But the increase in barge flows to inland destinations was more than offset by an increase in seaborne volumes. Tankers arrived from the Baltic, Russia, the US and west Africa and departed for France.

Fuel oil inventories recorded by far the largest increase of the products surveyed, rising by 23.7pc week on week. The very large crude carrier (VLCC) As Suwayq is currently loading a 270,000t cargo in Rotterdam for Singapore delivery. ARA fuel oil inventories typically rise until eastbound outflows become viable. Arbitrage economics to Singapore remain workable with three more VLCC cargoes booked to load between today and 5 February. Fuel oil tankers arrived from France, Poland, Russia and the UK.

Gasoline stocks slightly fell, remaining around the nine-month high recorded a week earlier. Demand for finished grade gasoline from inland consumers rose from a low base, and outflows to the US were also higher. But ample supply in key export markets will continue to exert long-term downward pressure on demand for northwest European gasoline. Tankers left the area for the US, west Africa and Latin America and arrived from France, Italy, Sweden and the UK.

Naphtha inventories fell by 9.4pc following the departure of the Long Range 2 (LR2) tanker Aldana to Asia-pacific with an 80,000t naphtha cargo. Weaker European demand pushed the northwest European naphtha market into contango on 7 January, which is likely to support storage economics as well as additional eastbound flows. Tankers arrived from France, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

Jet fuel stocks slumped to their lowest since 10 August 2017, falling on the week. Demand from other regions has diverted cargoes away from the ARA area since the start of the year, and tankers have mostly arrived into the UK and France. Storage economics have been impacted by the jet market’s moving into backwardation on 4 January. A single 30,000t cargo arrived in the ARA area from the UK during the reporting period, but had not unloaded at the time of writing. A single tanker departed for the UK this week.

Reporter: Thomas Warner

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Fuel oil build bolsters ARA independent product stocks

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 14 december 2018 14:42:39

London — Oil products held in independent storage tanks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub increased by 2.4pc on the week today to 5.03mn t.

Fuel oil inventories increased by 22pc on the week to reach an eight week high (see table). The very large crude carrier (VLCC) Neptun is currently awaiting loading in Rotterdam for east of Suez discharge. Tankers arrived from France, Italy, Russia and the UK. Fuel oil stocks can be subject to greater changes as a result of the use of larger tankers to carry cargoes eastward.

Gasoil stocks declined by 5.1pc to their lowest level since 21 June. Inland buyers took advantage of a recovery in Rhine water levels to replenish stocks of diesel and heating oil. Liquidity in the German 10ppm diesel fob ARA barge market has doubled in the last two weeks. German diesel barges also moved to a premium to their Hamburg-delivered cargo counterparts, likely encouraging the sale of smaller parcels for shipment up the Rhine. Tankers arrived in the ARA area from the Baltic and Mediterranean regions, and departed for the UK and west Africa.

Gasoline stocks fell by 1.8pc to a six week low. Cargoes departed for the Mideast Gulf, Canada, the US and west Africa. Transatlantic and west African demand rose on the week, drawing more gasoline out of the area, and flows of gasoline blending components from inland destinations rose to support ARA inventories. Gasoline cargoes arrived from Denmark, Finland, France, the Mediterranean and the UK.

Naphtha inventories rose by 6.3pc as a result of a steady flow of incoming cargoes. Tankers arrived from Algeria, the UK and the US while none departed. Demand from inland petrochemical end-users rose, again supported by the rise in Rhine water levels.

Jet fuel stocks fell by 1.7pc to reach their lowest level since 11 May. A tanker arrived from Finland, likely for use in gasoil blending. A single tanker was recorded leaving for the UK.

Reporter: Thomas Warner

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ARA independent product stocks at one-year low

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 30 november 2018 16:31:54

London – Oil product stocks held in independent storage within the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub fell by 2.4pc on the week today to 4.83mn t, the lowest recorded since 30 November 2017.

Fuel oil stocks fell by 13pc amid strong demand from east of Suez. The Solomon Sea left Rotterdam on 27 November carrying a 100,000t cargo. Smaller tankers also left the ARA area for the Mideast Gulf and west Africa. Cargoes arrived from France, Russia and the UK.

Gasoil stocks fell by 3pc, the lowest level recorded since June. Low Rhine water levels continued to affect the market, limiting barge flows from the ARA into Germany. Market participants continued to use tankers to load gasoil in the ARA area and transporting it to north German seaports for onward distribution. Demand from inland fell on the week, impacted by higher freight rates. Tankers arrived from Russia and departed for Germany, France, the UK and west Africa.

Gasoline stocks rose by 1.1pc. The US Atlantic and Gulf coasts remained well supplied, limiting interest in European gasoline from across the Atlantic. West Africa was the only region to receive gasoline cargoes from the ARA during the week to today. Gasoline flows into Germany were steady but volumes of blending components coming the other way fell on the week because of weakening gasoline refining margins.

Naphtha stocks rose by 28pc. Inventories were supported by the contango structure in the naphtha market, resulting from an ongoing supply overhang. Demand both from gasoline blenders and petrochemical users remained low during the week to today, and barge flows up the river Rhine to inland end-users dwindled. No tankers left the ARA area and tankers arrived from Algeria, Libya, Russia, Sweden and the US.

Jet fuel stocks rose by 1.7pc to a seven-week high of 656,000t. Tankers arrived from the east of Suez into UK ports, easing the regional tightness seen in regional weeks, and demand was lacklustre. The Fos Picasso arrived into Rotterdam on 27 November with 90,000t of jet fuel from the UAE but had not offloaded at time of writing. As with other products, barge flows into Germany were constrained by low water levels.

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ARA independent product stocks reach 11-month low

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 16 november 2018 12:02:45

London, (Argus) — Oil product stocks held in independent storage within the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub fell by 11pc from a week earlier to 4.88mn t, the lowest level recorded since December 2017.

Gasoil stocks fell by 7pc to 2.2mn t, the lowest level recorded since 5 July amid tight supply in Europe. The Swiss government released more gasoil from its strategic reserves today, in order to alleviate persistent supply disruptions. Barge freight rates from the ARA area to Switzerland have risen to around SFr180/t, up from SFr20/t at the beginning of July. Tankers arrived in the ARA area from Russia and the UK, and none departed.

Gasoline stocks fell by 4pc to 899,000t, the lowest level since 13 September. Several tankers left for Mexico and for Nigeria, and vessels also departed for the US and Mideast Gulf. Tankers arrived in the ARA from France, Russia and the UK. Northwest Europe remained amply supplied and flows into Germany continued to outstrip those coming out, in a reversal of the usual pattern.

Fuel oil stocks fell by 27.4pc to 913,000t. The Frio departed Rotterdam during the reporting period carrying a 130,000t cargo to Singapore, and two other vessels also left the area carrying fuel oil cargoes. Demand from east of Suez remained strong, drawing cargoes into the ARA area for future eastbound loadings. Tankers arrived in the area from Latin America, Russia and Spain during the week to today.

Jet fuel stocks fell by 1.2pc to 636,000t. Inland demand continued to be met largely by pipeline flows and there was an uptick in buying interest for dual purpose kerosine, likely from the UK. Stocks remained low as recent backwardation in Ice gasoil futures made storage economics unviable. In addition, some cargoes originally destined for northwest Europe from the US and east of Suez have been diverted to the Caribbean and Africa, limiting prompt availability.

Naphtha fell by 13.4pc to 226,000t. Outflows to inland end-users remained under downward pressure from problems arising from low Rhine water levels. But demand from gasoline blenders in the ARA area appeared higher, amid increasing gasoline outflows from Europe. A single tankers arrived in the ARA area from the UK, and none left. Eastbound arbitrage economics have become unviable on benchmark paraffinic grades over the last week amid ample supply in Asia-Pacific.

Reporter: Thomas Warner

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ARA independent product stocks increase

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 28 september 2018 13:56:15

London, 27 September (Argus) — Oil product stocks held in independent storage within the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub rose by 6.3pc from a week earlier because of large gains in fuel oil and gasoline inventories.

Fuel oil stocks rose by a fifth from a week earlier as product was put into storage to be loaded on two Singapore-bound VLCCs. One of these tankers — the Ridgebury Artois — has likely started loading fuel oil and could shortly leave for Singapore. No VLCCs left during the past week, while the Suezmax Sabine departed for Asia-Pacific with 130,000t of fuel oil. Bookings on the route to Singapore have picked up pace this week as export economics improved following a decline in Singapore’s inventories to multi-week lows. The ARA region imported fuel oil from the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea and Spain.

Gasoline stocks also rose, climbing by 10pc amid limited export options. US demand for gasoline has been weak since the conclusion of the summer driving season. This was reflected in last week’s increase in stocks, which came despite lower domestic production. During the week to 21 September, implied demand dropped to a 17 week low, and was also down year on year, according to EIA data. Exports to the Middle East are also likely to slow in the coming week as regional refineries come back from unplanned shutdowns. The ARA region exported gasoline to the Mideast Gulf and west Africa during the past week.

Lack of export options and comparatively low demand also led to an increase in naphtha stocks, which climbed 6pc from a week earlier. The European naphtha market is well-supplied, while demand from gasoline blenders is low. And arbitrage economics to Asia-Pacific are unworkable, largely because of ethylene cracker maintenance in that region. No naphtha was exported from the ARA region this week, while product arrived from Algeria, France, Spain and the UK.

And diesel inventories rose by less than 1pc this week. US diesel production also has fallen, which is likely to lead to a decline in exports to Europe in the coming weeks. In Europe, water levels on the Rhine remain low, keeping barge rates high and limiting inland shipments. The economics for importing diesel into Europe remain weak. But this could change if Rhine river water levels rise, allowing German demand to access ARA gasoil stocks, reducing supplies and pushing prices higher.

Jet fuel stocks bucked the trend, dropping by 14,000t, or 2pc because of comparatively high export volumes. The ARA region shipped the product to Denmark and the UK, while importing some jet fuel from the Mediterranean.

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ARA independent fuel oil stocks fall sharply

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 24 september 2018 10:03:25

London, 20 September (Argus) — Oil products stored independently within the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) hub declined by nearly 2pc over the past week because of a large drop in fuel oil inventories.

Fuel oil stocks shed 143,000t — or 11.2pc — during the past week as imports of Russian fuel oil from the Baltic Sea continued to fall. The decline came despite challenging arbitrage economics to Singapore. No vessels bound for Asia-Pacific have loaded fuel oil from Rotterdam during the past week. The VLCC Ridgebury Artois, booked to ship 270,000t of fuel oil to Singapore earlier this month, has arrived in Rotterdam. Some fuel oil was exported to the Mediterranean to supply the local bunkering market and to the Middle East during the past week.

Jet fuel stocks also declined, but were down just 1pc week on week. The European market is generally well supplied, while demand has weakened following the conclusion of the peak summer flying season. But most of the product imported from east of Suez this week was discharged into ports in the UK. One vessel, the Polar Bright, chartered by BP, arrived into Rotterdam on 16 September with 90,000t of jet fuel from Ruwais, but has yet to offload this material.

Gasoil stocks rose by around 1pc during the past week. Inland shipments to the German market, which is affected by supply shortages, remained depressed because of low water levels on the Rhine. Transatlantic shipments of diesel have not fallen as much as expected by market participants in September from the prior month because of high US production and stocks. The Asian diesel market is tight, which is likely to draw diesel from the Mideast Gulf, reducing the amount of material available to be exported to Europe from that region.

Gasoline inventories also rose by around 1pc week on week. US demand for European gasoline has dropped following the conclusion of the summer driving season, but buying interest in west Africa and the Middle East remains firm, largely offsetting the impact of lower transatlantic shipments. The ARA region imported gasoline from Denmark, France, the Mediterranean and the UK in the past week.

Likewise, naphtha stocks rose marginally during the period, adding just 2,000t. Demand from gasoline blenders and the petrochemicals sector has softened during the past two weeks, keeping more product in storage. Some naphtha was shipped to Denmark, likely to use as a feedstock to produce gasoline.

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High gasoline exports trim ARA oil product stocks

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 31 augustus 2018 10:09:28

London, 30 August (Argus) — Oil products held in independent storage tanks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub fell nearly 5pc this week to 5.15mn t, prompted by stock draws on all major products except jet fuel.

Gasoline stocks fell by 1.9pc to 757,000t, the lowest level since November 2016. The European market is preparing to switch to winter-specification gasoline in September, and is shedding summer-grade volumes. Outflows were notably high to North America, Latin America and west Africa.

Spot booking for tankers loading during the week to today were around twice the level recorded over the prior week. Tankers left for the Mideast Gulf, the Americas and west Africa. Tankers arrived from the Baltic region, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden and the UK. Low water levels on the Rhine river inhibited barge traffic from inland refineries to the ARA area.

Naphtha stocks fell heavily for a second consecutive week, to a 16-week low of 251,000t. The reduction was caused by good demand from gasoline blenders and petrochemical end-users in Europe. Naphtha flows from ARA into the continent have proven more resilient to high barge freight rates than have flows of gasoline and gasoil, as most end-users are unable to significantly alter feedstock slates. Tankers arrived from Latvia, Portugal, Russia and Spain, and none were recorded leaving the area.

Gasoil stocks fell by 5.6pc to 2.44mn t, the lowest since early April. Rhine water levels rose marginally in recent days, potentially allowing an increase in product flows. German 10ppm and 50ppm diesel barges have found support over the last week. The former traded recently at 25¢/t discounts to Ice September gasoil, compared with discounts of $1/t around a week earlier. German 50ppm barges assessed differentials climbed to discounts of $7.50/t to Ice September gasoil, compared with discounts of $10.50/t a week earlier. Tankers left ARA for France, Sweden and west Africa.

Jet fuel stocks rose by 4.6pc to 677,000t. The STI Selatar and Dubai Brilliance arrived at Rotterdam at the end of last week, each carrying 90,000t of jet fuel from Yangpu, China, and Ruwais, UAE, respectively. Shell exported 30,000t of jet from Rotterdam on the Seashark, which arrived at Copenhagen today. High northwest European import volumes from east of Suez last week and this week have not been reflected in stock levels, suggesting sufficient demand to absorb incoming volumes. A slowdown in arrivals after next week, alongside the start of the refinery turnaround season, could see the market tighten.

Fuel oil inventories fell by 7.1pc to 1.03mn t. Tankers left ARA for the Mideast Gulf and Mediterranean regions during the week, and arrived from France and Russia.

Reporter: Thomas Warner

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Gasoline demand impacts ARA oil product stocks

Gepubliceerd Jacob on 24 augustus 2018 9:21:37

London, 23 August (Argus) — Oil products held in independent storage tanks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) trading hub fell by 1.3pc this week to 5.41mn t, prompted by a sharp fall in gasoline and naphtha inventories.

Gasoline stocks fell by 14.3pc on the week to 772,000t, the lowest level recorded since October 2017. Tankers left the ARA area for Argentina, Canada, Puerto Rico, the US and west Africa. High gasoline demand from inland Germany, resulting from unplanned refinery outages, drew in volumes from the ARA area and deepened the stock draw. Tankers arrived from Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

Naphtha stocks also fell heavily, dropping by 17pc on the week to 307,000t. The reduction in inventories was caused by steady demand from key outlets and a lack of incoming tankers. No cargoes arrived from the Mediterranean, with the sole arriving tanker coming from Denmark. None were recorded leaving the area. Demand from inland petrochemical end-users recovered, with falling temperatures enabling steam cracker operators to return to running their machinery at full capacity.

Gasoil stocks rose by 3.3pc to 2.59mn t, the highest level since the start of April, as low Rhine water levels continued to constrain product movement in the region. Typically, weekly gasoil barge inflows to Germany total around 160,000t but they amounted to less than 90,000t during the week today according to PJK International’s Rhine Flow Service. The influx of middle distillates into Europe from both transatlantic and east of Suez refiners has also been firm, with market participants pegging total arrivals into Europe at some 3.5mn-4mn t in August. The Yasa Hawk is currently on route to Amsterdam, laden with a 40,000t diesel cargo, according to Argus tracking. The tanker departed Texas City on the US Gulf coast on 15 August.

Jet fuel stocks fell by 1.1pc to 647,000t. At least 180,000t of jet fuel arrived into Rotterdam today on vessels from China and the UAE, although neither vessel had offloaded at the time of writing. Imports into northwest Europe from east of Suez and the US are set to be high for the rest of August. But peak summer buying interest is fading as high trade activity throughout the month has mostly filled August demand. Consequently, stocks are expected to rise. Shell has provisionally booked at least three tankers to take ARA jet fuel to Scandinavia at the end of the month.

Fuel oil inventories increased by 4.5pc to 1.1mn t, amid low outflows. A single suezmax left the ARA area for Singapore during the week to today, and tankers arrived in the area from France and Russia.

Reporter: Thomas Warner

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