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Asia Distillates-Vietnam spot demand to boost gasoil prices

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by April 24, 2017 General

Spot demand from Vietnam amid tighter availability of gasoil is expected to boost prices and margins for the fuel, traders said on Monday.

– VIETNAM TENDER: Traders said Vietnam’s top fuel importers are seeking 85,000 tonnes of diesel ahead of a planned shutdown of the country’s sole 130,000 barrels-per-day refinery at Dung Quat in June that is expected to last 52 days. Petrolimex is seeking 35,000 tonnes of 500ppm sulphur gasoil for May 18 to 22 loading in a tender that closes on April 25 and is valid until April 26. Saigon Petro is seeking five cargoes of 10,000 tonnes each of 500ppm sulphur gasoil for delivery into Catlai over June 1 to 5, June 8 to 12, June 21 to 25, July 1 to 5 and July 10 to 14, they said.

Sales of diesel have been stronger than usual in Vietnam recently, a fuel distributor in Vietnam said, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Inventory of diesel from Dung Quat refinery is also short as the refinery has been maximising gasoline production over diesel, he added.

– INDIA JET FUEL: India’s Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL) has offered 9,500 tonnes of jet fuel kerosene blendstock for loading from Mumbai over mid-May. The refiner seldom exports the fuel and the reason for the export was not immediately clear. – IMPROVED ARBITRAGE: Cash premiums for 10ppm sulphur diesel was improving due to limited supply of the fuel and improved arbitrage economics to ship the cargoes west, a Singapore-based trader said. With the spread between 10ppm sulphur diesel and 500ppm sulphur gasoil having narrowed in recent weeks, traders had been blending the 10ppm sulphur diesel into the 500ppm sulphur gasoil pool, which has tightened its supply, the trader added. ”

Arbitrage is also looking better to the west,” the trader said.

– SINGAPORE CASH DEALS: One gasoil deal, no jet fuel trades. Winson Oil bought 150,000 barrels of 500ppm sulphur gasoil for May 16 to 20 loading from Gunvor at a premium of 50 cents a barrel to the average of May 15 to 19 Singapore quotes.

MID-DISTILLATES CASH ($/T) ASIA CLOSE Change % Change Prev RIC Close Spot Gas Oil 0.5% 63.87 0.47 0.74 63.40 GO 0.5 Diff -0.40 0.00 0.00 -0.40 Spot Gas Oil 0.25% 64.07 0.47 0.74 63.60 GO 0.25 Diff -0.20 0.00 0.00 -0.20 Spot Gas Oil 0.05% 64.65 0.47 0.73 64.18 GO 0.05 Diff 0.38 0.00 0.00 0.38 Spot Gas Oil 0.001% 64.97 0.42 0.65 64.55 GO 0.001 Diff 0.70 -0.05 -6.67 0.75 Spot Jet/Kero 63.89 0.50 0.79 63.39 Jet/Kero Diff -0.12 -0.02 20.00 -0.10 For a list of derivatives prices, including margins, please double click the RICs below. Brent M1 Gasoil M1 Gasoil M1/M2 Gasoil M2 Regrade M1 Regrade M2 Jet M1 Jet M1/M2 Jet M2 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai Cracks M1 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai Cracks M2 Jet Cracks M1 Jet Cracks M2 East-West M1 East-West M2 LGO M1 LGO M1/M2 LGO M2 Crack LGO-Brent M1 Crack LGO-Brent M2
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; editing by Susan Thomas)

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