Export Infrastructure to Strand U.S. LPG This Winter

Hellenic Shipping News:

The growth of U.S. LPG exports will outpace terminal capacity this winter, constraining LPG exports, according to ESAI Energy’s webinar U.S. Growing Pains to Upend LPG Trade & Demand. The export constraint will temporarily cause scarcity in Asia and the international market, driving up LPG prices relative to naphtha and causing feedstock switching in the petchem sector. Meanwhile, stranded LPG in the U.S. will push down LPG prices relative to ethane in the Gulf Coast, making propane a more attractive feedstock in that market.

New Russian Refining Subsidies Take Shape

Hellenic Shipping News:
Russia’s oil tax reform will cause refineries to adjust investment plans, causing some to abandon discretionary fuel oil upgrading projects, according to ESAI Energy’s newly released CIS Watch. Underinvestment in fuel oil destruction will exacerbate the oversupply of fuel oil following the introduction of new IMO regulations that will cause many ships to find alternatives to high sulfur fuel oil.yond 2021.

Capacity Glut to Trigger Refinery Closures after 2021

Hellenic Shipping News:

An excess of global refining capacity looms after 2021, according to ESAI Energy’s newly released, Global Refining Capacity Five Year Outlook. ESAI Energy projects a significant increase in new distillation capacity to 2023. After lagging demand growth in recent years, the coming capacity build cycle will significantly outpace demand. The resulting rise in spare capacity will reduce global utilization rates and put pressure on margins, particularly beyond 2021.

Crude Oil Outlook Shows Ample Supplies

Oil & Gas Journal:

The outlook highlights three trends that underscore the expectation that non-OPEC crude and condensate supply will increase by an average of 1 million b/d/year during 2019-23:

• Infrastructure catching up with US shale growth.

• Streamlined, cost-effective offshore projects from the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America, and the North Sea brought to production.
• Russia moving to a “coordinated” growth strategy.

Reality Check for Global NGL Demand

OilVoice:
Global investment in ethane crackers and other olefins units will lead to overcapacity and intensifying inter-fuel competition in the NGL and naphtha markets, according to ESAI Energy’s newly published Global NGL Five Year Outlook. As ESAI Energy describes, announced projects include a potential 58 million tons of ethylene capacity, far more than global ethylene demand can plausibly grow. However, a closer look at what will pan out leads to the unmistakable conclusion that feedstock demand growth and pricing will be less bullish than many believe.

Is Market Ready for Mariner East 2?

OilVoice:
Any delay to the Mariner East 2 project would impact LPG markets from Applachia to Asia, according to ESAI Energy’s analysis of the Mariner East expansion’s impact on U.S. NGL exports. In contrast, ethane exports are emerging much more slowly, according to ESAI Energy’s newly released Global NGL Outlook.

OPEC Takes Small Step…or Maybe Not

Hellenic Shipping News:
OPEC has agreed to rollback overcompliance with the original production deal of November 2016. This appears to mean an increase among the voluntary over-complying countries of 450,000 b/d with the bulk coming from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE. However, the communique could also be interpreted as enabling an increase of as much as 1 million b/d, with some members replacing lost volumes from involuntary over-complying countries like Venezuela. At this point, the small step interpretation is more likely.

Rising medium, heavy refiner demand pushing OPEC deal to an end

Oil and Gas Journal:
The rise in medium and heavy refiner demand was already pushing the production-cut agreement among members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries as well as some non-members towards an end by 2019, ESAI Energy points out in its May Global Crude Oil Outlook. The US request for more crude oil and apparent willingness of Saudi Arabia and Russia to respond provides additional rationale.