After several months of severe supply shortages and rising prices, the base oil production and supply situation has developed. However, with the increase in coronavirus infections and the expansion of restrictions, traffic and travel
have decreased. In fact, there are fewer raw materials for the production of recycled base oils. Moreover, demand has not yet fully recovered,
and the market is currently calm. The recent report shows, that due to the return of demand to the market, fuel and bitumen prices will increase in
August 2021. In general, the base oil and lubricants market are chaotic. The reasons are as follows:
Refineries have increased their fuel utilization rates and therefore produce more base oil raw materials. It seems that more products
are available for export. However, refineries in Europe, the Middle East,
and Africa are still concerned about returning to full production. They
worry about the possibility of changes as the coronavirus pandemic expands.
Many refineries operated at low speeds in Asia after last year’s fuel demand decreased sharply. Some refineries have raised the price
by increasing the price of the sophisticated product and the margin
of basic oil. This leads to several price trends. Various degrees are
increasing and several degrees are adjusted stably.
Despite the fall of 68 to $68 of $68 to $68, then the price increased to $75 again after an agreement to increase production. However, China’s
efforts to manage Chinese crude oil prices and reduce them to
approximately $73 made the buyer approximately $73.
A variant of the Delta is being produced in China and a new strict lockdown is being implemented across the country. In some commodity
markets, interest rates have fallen. On the other hand, due to the widespread of Delta variants, some countries, including the
Asia-Pacific region, Indonesia, and Thailand, are facing lockdowns.
In the last days of July, China’s attempts to control crude oil prices led to a drop. In the middle of the week, it spiked to $74, but then trended down
and did not rise to $69 as of this writing.
It’s also important to know that IME announced VB on August 7 and as it was expected, an increase by $10 was observed. Although the finished product rate may not be achieved through this increase, the IME is trading in the
second half of this month according to the crude oil algorithm.
This article was prepared by Shirin Yosefi, the Content specialist and market analyzer of Infinity Galaxy