- Asia’s cash premiums for 0.5% very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) climbed on Tuesday, buoyed by steady cargo demand.
- While the front-month spread for the marine fuel grade widened its backwardation.
- Cash premiums for Asia’s 0.5% VLSFO rose to $17.68 a tonne to Singapore quotes, up from $16.97 per tonne a day earlier.
A recent news article published in the Reuters states that Asia Fuel Oil VLSFO cash premiums rise, March/April time spread widens.
March/April VLSFO time spread
The March/April VLSFO time spread widened to $21.25 a tonne on Tuesday, compared with $18.25 a tonne on Monday.
The front-month VLSFO crack rose to $20.37 per barrel against Dubai crude during Asian trading hours, compared with $18.92 a barrel in the previous session.
Meanwhile, the 380-cst HSFO barge crack for January traded at a discount of $12.78 barrel to Brent on Tuesday, while cash premiums for 380-cst high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) were at $1.50 per tonne to Singapore quotes.
Fuel Demand In India
– India’s fuel demand is likely to grow 5.5% in the next fiscal year beginning April 1, initial government estimates show, reflecting a pick-up in industrial activity and mobility in Asia’s third largest economy after months of stagnation.
India’s fuel consumption in 2022-23, a proxy for oil demand, could rise to 214.5 million tonnes from the revised estimates of 203.3 million tonnes for the current fiscal year ending March 2022, according to government forecasts.
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