Kerosene Price Trend

For the First Quarter of 2022

Asia

In February 2022, in India, kerosene prices were 57.09 INR/L. As nations' economies improved, disposable money rose, resulting in an increase in air traffic. In addition, the presence of many rivals in the airline business reduced the cost of air travel. As a result, the worldwide kerosene market witnessed a huge increase in growth. The rising use of alternative clean energy sources such as biofuels and fuel cells was a major market limitation for the worldwide kerosene industry. This had lead to the substitution of kerosene, which had stifle market development.

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021

Asia

By mid-November FY21, Asian jet fuel demand had climbed to 45 cents/b FOB Singapore, nearly double the value at the start of the month, suggesting increasing aircraft activity. By December, the cash difference had climbed to 75 cents/b, while refining margins had contracted to 11.52 USD/b above Dubai crude, indicating a significant increase in demand from the aviation industry. Indian kerosene prices increased by an average of 13% from Q3 levels in Q4 of FY21 on an ex-Mumbai basis as demand recovered in October as the number of passengers travelling by air increased by 70%, according to the DGCA, as a result of subsidizing pandemic effects and easing restrictions on both international and domestic travel. In October, India's jet fuel usage also hit a 19-month high.

Europe

European imports increased to an annual high in October before gradually declining in the following two months due to decreased demand. According to Refinitiv statistics, Europe received over one million tonnes of jet fuel stockpiles from Asia and the Middle East. In the month of January (2022), Europe was expected to receive about 650000 tonnes of jet fuel from Asia and the Middle East. Throughout the final three months of FY21, European refiners prioritized diesel over jet fuel. The trend was anticipated reverse in the new year, with refiner margins expected to grow to 20 USD/MT in relation to Brent oil prices, before declining in the first half of FY22 and bottoming out in June.

North America

Kerosene prices in the United States were higher in Q4 of FY21 compared to the previous quarter due to increased upstream crude oil prices. Prices were about 15% higher in Q4 than they were in Q3. On a FOB US Gulf basis, the average price was around 2.14 USD/Gallon. By the second week of October, kerosene prices had risen to an annual high of 2.31 USD/Gallon but had gradually declined owing to dwindling demand by the end of December. Unexpected refinery disruptions in December, such as at Exxon's Baytown complex, are likely to jeopardize supplies in the first quarter of FY22. Spot export prices were expected to recover in the new year, as supply-side constraints combined with higher demand from Europe was anticipated to improve the US side of the arbitrage in the coming weeks.

Latin America

Since June 2021, the Brazilian fuel market had maintained an upward trend, maintaining above pre-pandemic levels. EPE anticipates 7.6% rise in diesel sales, 7.9% growth in gasoline sales, and 23% growth in jet fuel sales in its November 2021 Brazil's Short-Term Fuel Market Outlook. For 2022, EPE believes that the revival of economic activity would fuel increase in Brazil's use of petroleum products and biofuels. Jet kerosene prices were anticipated to rise by 31%.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021

Asia

Asian nations' demand for jet kerosene fluctuated in response to the aviation sector's recovery following the COVID 19 crisis. Demand from India's aviation sector improved significantly, supporting prices throughout the country. Kerosene prices increased by 9.9% in India during the third quarter, owing to a rebound in crude oil prices. During the third quarter of this year, Asian usage differed by nation. Domestic Jet Kerosene usage increased significantly in China during Q2 2021. Meanwhile, in India, a sharp fall in Jet Fuel usage was noted during this time period, owing to the abrupt introduction of COVID restrictions in the aftermath of the country's second pandemic wave. Under worldwide pressure, prices, however, continued to rise. As a result, kerosene prices increased in India during the third quarter from 967.6 USD/MT to 1072.2 USD/MT.

The third quarter saw an increase in industrial activity, which boosted the worldwide aviation industry, including India. Despite the fact that India's aviation sector resumed strength in the third quarter following the destruction caused by the second wave of COVID, prices remained within a restricted range. In India, jet kerosene prices increased in the second part of August and ultimately stabilized at 627 USD/MT in September.

Europe

During Q1 2021, it was noted that activities decreased from the previous quarter as a result of new constraints in a number of economies. As a result, demand from the aviation sector initially remained low, resulting in an excessive amount of stability in prices. Additionally, Europe saw a sharp increase in prices during this quarter, owing to a resurgence in regional aviation demand.

In Q3 2021, the European region's overall demand remained strong. Despite fears about the COVID-19 Delta variant's spread, critical oil-based transportation fuels returned to pre-pandemic levels when the global economy reopened. While demand for jet fuel has failed to recover in the face of worldwide travel restrictions, gasoline and diesel sales rebounded significantly.

North America

In North America, demand had been steadily increasing compared to the previous quarter, as foreign flights accelerated in response to the economic recovery. With continuous demand from the aviation sector, the price increased from 972.5 USD/MT in January to 1197 USD/MT in March, despite decreased supply from the US Gulf Coast due to winter disruptions.

Rapid recovery from the pandemic following a successful vaccination campaign resulted in a rise in usage across North America during the third quarter. Following this increase, an effective comeback in prices was also noticed in the United States, where prices slowly increased as the US government gradually repealed its foreign travel prohibition. Additionally, rising oil prices compounded this price increase, putting the USA in a bind as a result of a rapid increase in demand coupled with growing upstream costs.

In the North American area, US refiners reported better third-quarter profitability due to increased margins on gasoline and diesel sales despite rising crude oil prices and low crude oil stockpiles. Energy demand swiftly rebounded from the pandemic's worst days in 2020, and Brent and US crude oil prices hit multi-year highs in Q3 2021.

For the Year 2020

Asia

Asian kerosene prices increased somewhat in Q3 2020, owing to increased demand for heating oil kerosene ahead of the winter season. However, with the conclusion of the travel season in the world's biggest economies, the market saw a slump in demand by late September. While stockpiling in response to seasonal shortages briefly alleviated downward pressure on already-weak margins, a substantial recovery was expected to take at least a year owing to uncertainty about travel activity.

Europe

In Q3, demand in Europe was hampered as a return of coronavirus infections exacerbated worldwide travel restrictions. Surplus shipments in the face of declining demand exacerbated the supply-side dilemma. With consumption patterns largely determined by travel patterns, demand remained dampened in the face of protracted limitations on international travel activities due to worries of a second coronavirus outbreak.

North America

Due to increased domestic travel activities, the market fundamentals in North America experienced an unusual rebound compared to other areas. As the peak travel season ended in September, demand was anticipated to plateau for many months due to decreased commercial travel. Demand recovery was expected to boost in the last quarter of 2020, as a result of an increased foreign tourism, since coronavirus infections plateaued in many nations following a peak.

South America

Monthly US jet fuel shipments to Latin America fell to an 11-year low in May, with just under 300,000 barrels transported to the area (excluding overseas territories) during the month, according to the latest US Energy Information Administration figures. With shipments to the region at 299,000 barrels, volumes were down 62.2% for the month and 90.97% from the same time in 2019, EIA statistics indicated. Only four Latin American countries got US jet fuel throughout the course of the month, with the whole volume shared between end-users in Mexico, the Bahamas, Panama and Nicaragua. Import Parity Platts Jet fuel shipped to the Brazilian port of Santos cost USD 67.07 per barrel on Jan. 8, down from USD 93.83 in 2020. However, Santos' jet kerosene prices have gradually grown since reaching an all-time low of USD 32.47/b on April 28, 2020.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Kerosene for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Kerosene:

Kerosene is one of the most common combustible hydrocarbon liquid. It is derived from petroleum. It is extensively utilised as a fuel in aviation and households. Kerosene is also known for its low viscosity. It is a clear liquid that is formed from hydrocarbons obtained from the fractional distillation of petroleum.

Chemical Formula of Kerosene: 

  • CxHy (mixture of hydrocarbons)

    Synonyms:

  • Paraffin
  • Lamp Oil
  • Coal Oil
  • Heating oil

Industrial Uses: 

  • Jet engines
  • Rocket engines
  • Cooking fuel
  • Lighting and heating fuel
  • Extraction process
  • Solvent
  • Lubricant

Production Processes: 

  • Production of Kerosene via Fractional Distillation.

In this process, after the extraction of crude oil from the earth’s surface, it is heated to separate the components and obtain Kerosene via evaporation. This is followed by condensation and purification of Kerosene.

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  • Royal Dutch Shell (Shell)
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation 
  • BP p.l.c.
  • LUKOIL

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The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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