Fujairah Weekly Oil Inventory Data Stocks Level as of June 18, 2018

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Fujairah Weekly Oil Inventory Data Stocks Level as of June 18, 2018

Chart Attribute: Fujairah Weekly Oil Inventory Data (as of June 18, 2018) / Source: The Gulf Intelligence

Chart Attribute: Fujairah Weekly Oil Inventory Data (as of June 18, 2018) / Source: The Gulf Intelligence

Oil product stocks at the Middle East's key oil hub of Fujairah fell 8.4% in the week to Monday, reaching a five-week low as light and heavy distillates inventories slipped.

Total oil stocks were 17.694 million barrels, down 1.63 million barrels from a week earlier, according to data from the Fujairah Energy Data Committee.

The biggest drop was in light distillates, which fell 12% to 6.052 million barrels. Gasoline demand in the Middle East and Asia remained steady, but the sentiment was showing signs of waning against rising refinery runs, S&P Global Platts Analytics said in a report Wednesday.

Spot gasoline tender demand from Middle Eastern countries has been quiet in recent weeks and it remained to be seen if summer demand will be sufficient to hold up against increasing supply, the report said. Heavy distillate and residue stocks fell 8.8% to 8.898 million barrels from their highest ever level last week of 9.759 million barrels, amid healthy demand for bunker fuel in Fujairah.

Weaker crude prices should give continued support to a fuel oil market that was already seeing high seasonal power generation demand, Platts Analytics said. Stocks of middle distillates rose 1.6% week on week to 2.744 million barrels.

Kuwait's KPC and India's Naraya Energy have recently been large sellers in the tender spot tender market. Indian exports can be expected to continue to rise as domestic demand sees a seasonal downturn during the third quarter. Meanwhile, arbitrage economics for low sulfur gasoil remained unfavorable, with the front-month EFS at around minus $7-%8/mt levels and freight rates high. Gasoil stocks in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region remained low, but ICE gasoil futures were in contango due to expectations of continued arrivals from the US and the Middle East, the report said.

S&P Global Platts holds exclusive rights to publish Fujairah oil inventory data and has deployed a Blockchain network for its collation.

Chart Attribute: Fujairah Weekly Oil Inventory Data (Jan 9, 2017 - June 18, 2018) / Source: The Gulf Intelligence

Chart Attribute: Fujairah Weekly Oil Inventory Data (Jan 9, 2017 - June 18, 2018) / Source: The Gulf Intelligence

About the S&P Global Platts and FOIZ Fujairah Data Project:

The Government of Fujairah in 2016 announced a plan to publish weekly data on refined products held at onshore commercial terminals at Fujairah as part of its effort to position the Indian Ocean port as a global oil trading and storage. It appointed S&P Global Platts to distribute the weekly inventory data. FEDCom was established by the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone to collect, verify and distribute inventory data to replicate the data sets provided at other global trading centers such as Singapore and Rotterdam. Fujairah has about 41.5 million barrels of commercial oil product land storage available for leasing.

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