Dubai — Oil products stocks at the port of Fujairah were down 2.2% in the week to Monday, following a drawdown in middle distillates stocks of 7.9% week-on-week, according to inventory data exclusively obtained by S&P Global Platts Wednesday.
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Total stock levels were 24.5 million barrels, compared with 25 million barrels the previous week.
Middle distillates stockpiled held below 2 million barrels for the first time since March 4.
"There was a slight buoying of sentiment as gasoil supplies were seen tightening due to the impending heavy turnaround season in the second quarter across Asian refiners," according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.
Meanwhile, light distillates and heavy residues stocks were also down on the week, dropping by 0.3% and 2.9%, respectively. A persistent tightness in the Asian gasoline market is helping to support prices and Chinese exports are expected to drop in April, Platts Analytics said, quoting a market source.
Heavy residues saw the greatest volume of product dropping week on week, with a fall of 346,000 barrels compared with the previous week. Delivered bunkers of 380 CST Fujairah are higher than Singapore, which is dampening support for heavy distillates out of Fujairah.
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