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Bitumen prices in Germany rise due to lower production

Prices of bitumen in the domestic market of Germany are rising because of the tight supply at the time of the growing seasonal demand.

The supply of bitumen remains limited throughout Germany, especially in the northeast, as the two largest German refineries Schwedt and Leuna temporarily stopped producing bitumen due to the pipeline Druzhba contamination issue. Bayernoil, another major producer of bitumen, had a nine-month break because of the explosion last year.

PCK Schwedt

German refinery PCK Schwedt processes 208 000 barrels of bitumen per day. It has stopped the production of bitumen and switch to the delivery of more cost-effective lighter crudes. From the middle of April, oil flows through the pipeline have been halted, while crude oil was contaminated by excess concentrations of an organic chloride. After using the oil reserves, the PCK Schwedt temporarily established alternative oil supplies through the port of Rostock.

PCK Raffinerie Schwedt is owned by Rosneft Deutschland, Shell Deutschland and PCK Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft. The refinery processes 12 million tons of crude oil per year, obtaining diesel fuel, gasoline, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil and among others, bitumen.

Total Refinery Leuna

The second German Refinery Leuna, that also used crude oil from PCK Druzhba, had to cut bitumen production and switched to delivery of lighter crudes as well. Before this accident Leuna supplied approximately 210,000 barrels of bitumen per day. PCK Leuna is owned by Total and has the capacity to process 12 million tons of crude oil per year.

Pipeline Druzhba supplies about one third of crude oil to Germany. According to the latest reports, Druzhba could be launched from July 1st. Full pipeline cleaning will take about 6- 8 months.

Bayernoil refinery

The third German refinery Bayernoil, that produces 210 000 barrels of bitumen per day, was launched in the first week of June after nine-month interruption in the operation. It took nine months to recover from a powerful explosion and fire in September 2018.

Although the refinery is open, the supply the of bituminous product will remain limited for at least three months. The Bayernoil plans to reach full capacity by September.

The Refinery Bayernoil owned by Varo Energy, Rosneft Deutschland, Eni and BP. It produces over ten million tons of crude oil annual. The refinery gains liquefied gases, fuels, gasoline, jet, diesel, heating oil and bitumen.

DYM Resources is an international niche oil products trading company working with all bitumen producers in Russia and supplying EN-certified bitumen and polymer-modified bitumen to German consumers. DYM Resources offers road and roofing bitumen as well as niche bitumen products, including joint tapes, mastics, and sealants.

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DYM Resources’ Revenue Grew 74% in 2018 Compared to the Previous Year

DYM Resources’ revenue grew 74% in 2018 compared to the previous year and profit multiplied by 2.3, according to the company’s financial report.

“Although it has been a challenging year for trading companies, we achieved sufficient growth due to our focus on client service, improving cost effectiveness, and introducing new products to our portfolio,” DYM Resources’ base oil and wax trading director Denis Varaksin says.

DYM Resources began to supply several new products in 2018: bitumen, diesel, gasoline, and calcium hypochlorite. The company’s key projects – petroleum coke, base oils, and waxes – have also shown significant growth over the past year.

“Our reputation investment is finally paying off. There is a significant demand for honest, transparent, and high quality service in petrochemical products of the former USSR,” says DYM Resources’ petcoke and bitumen trading director Yury Burenco.

DYM Resources is an international oil products trading company focused on supplying base oils, lubricants, waxes, bitumen, and petroleum coke.

The company sources mainly from Russian-speaking countries: Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Belarus.

DYM Resources delivers base oils SN 150, SN 350, SN 500, SN 900, SN 1200, and BS-150, Group II HVI-2, as well as Group III VHVI-4 and VHVI-8 globally in bulk tankers, flexi-containers, rail tank cars, trucks, and iso-containers.

The company exports low and high sulphur petroleum coke from Russia, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan from multiple suppliers such as Rosneft, Lukoil, Tatneft, Gazpromneft, the Turkmenbashi refinery, and others. DYM Resources delivers petcoke to cement and metal industries by rail, container, and bulk vessels. The company also works with all bitumen producers in Russia and ships road bitumen to European consumers.

You are welcome to contact managing directors from DYM Resources per email: info@dymresources.com.

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DYM Resources Attends The Unity Mineral Oil Technology Congress

Denis Varaksin, DYM Resources Managing Director, is attending the Unity Mineral Oil Congress in Stuttgart during 1-3 of April 2019. The new industry trends are to be discussed by the main players of the lube and fuel sector. The event will be attended by all major market players as well as the experts in the mechanical and automotive engineering.

This forum is a rare opportunity for the communication between automobile industry participants and the commodity companies.

 “Germany is world leader in car manufacturing and high-tech industries, it is very important to understand where the German market is moving, the rest of the world will follow” – says Denis Varaksin, the managing director of DYM Resources GmbH.

DYM Resources is an international oil trading company, focused on base oil supplies.

To meet our managing directors don’t hesitate to contact us via email: info@dymresources.com

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The Availability of Russian Base Oils Improves in September

The availability of Russian base oils for export loading has improved after a restriction in July and August, as refineries have begun to run at full-scale and the attractiveness of export sales has improved due to the weaker Russian ruble, according to DYM Resources estimates.

The Russian currency dropped by 8.6% between July 30th and August 28th, making domestic sales less competitive against export loadings. This could support export sales of finished lubes as well.

Rosneft and Naftan underwent maintenance at their base oils units during the summer, which limited supplies from June to August. Both producers offered healthy volumes for September loadings. Gazpromneft and Lukoil also have base oils available for export in September, according to market participants. Tatneft had maintenance planned for September but decided to postpone it, according to producers of export Group III 4 cSt and Group II 2.5 cSt.

In September, maintenance will only take place at one base oils unit in Russia: The Angarsk refinery, which mostly supplies the Chinese market via railroad, will have turnaround. The refinery exports up to 10,000 tons per month.

Demand Improves After The Holiday Season

The demand for base oils has improved after religious holidays in Muslim countries have been completed. The European market is also improving for September-October orders after the traditional slow-down during the summer months.

Feedstock prices began to rise in the second half of August after dipping in July and the first two weeks of August. The growing crude oil price supports strong base oils prices. The Brent price increased by 5USD per barrel or 7% between August 15th and 28th, and reached 75,78 USD/bl.

Russian base oils are supplied to Turkey, Europe, Nigeria, Middle East, and other markets.

DYM Resources is a trading firm specialized in base oils, waxes, petroleum coke, and bitumen trading. The company offers a cost-effective solution for deliveries from Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Europe. DYM Resources is experienced in flexi-tanks exports. For any enquiries, feel free to contact us via our website.

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Lubes'n'Greases EMEA

Lubes ‘N’ Greases Quotes DYM Resources on Slack Wax Market in Europe

The leading media in the field of lubricants, oils, and waxes, “Lubes ‘N’ Greases,” has quoted DYM Resources’ managing director Denis Varaksin on the topic of slack waxes’ supply-and-demand situation in Europe.

The quote refers to the slack wax production by Rosneft Refinery in Angarsk, Russia, and Uzbekneftegaz Refinery in Fergana, Uzbekistan. Products from both refineries are being sold to other parts of Europe.

Slack Waxes in Demand in Europe

DYM Resources is a base oils and slack wax trading company selling base oil globally in bulk, flexi-containers, rail tank cars, and trucks.

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Fergana Refinery

Fergana Slack Wax Prices Increase by 52 USD/Mt for September Loading

Fergana Refinery sold 600 tons of slack wax on the 15th of August for loading in early September, at a price 52 USD/Mt higher than during the previous tender held in July, according to data compiled by DYM Resources. Fergana slack wax prices have increased by 79 USD/Mt during the last two months and exceeded 850 USD/Mt at the Poland–Belarus border, delivered in rail tank cars to the CPT Brest–Małaszewicze basis.

Demand for slack wax surged due to the high season in Poland, where candle manufacturers are preparing for the November 1st celebration of the All Saints holiday. It takes more than 30 days to delivery cargo from Uzbekistan to Poland by rail, as the product has to travel around 5000 km.

The European wax market price increase is partly due to technical issues being experienced by several big producers in West Europe. According to market participants, one French refinery is struggling to stabilize production after spring maintenance. Another Italian producer has reduced availability after its ownership changed earlier this year.

Wax supplies tightness

The Russian slack wax market is also tighter now due to maintenance at Angarsk Refinery, scheduled for September to October. The refinery processes 250,000 tons of Group I base oils annually, producing light-grade slack wax. Angarsk slack wax is well-suited for grave light producers because of its low viscosity and low melting point properties.

“Light waxes will remain in high demand through August and September. The production season for grave lights has not yet started because of the heat, but it will be in full power in September and October, so factories are building stocks in preparation for the season.” – comments by a European wax buyer.

Fergana Refinery can produce more than 900 tons of slack wax months, as well as 100 tons of paraffin T1 and petrolatum (heavy slack wax). Uzbekistan’s slack wax has a light color and a low melting point, which makes it a good source for candle production. You can find a quality sheet of Fergana slack wax below.

PARAMETERS UNITS GUARANTEED ACTUAL
Oil content % 15.0 9.0
Viscosity, at 100 °C min cst N/A N/A
Melting point, min °C 47.0 49.8
Flash point, min °C 160.0 190
Density, kg/m3, max 812.7
Sulphur  % 0.7 0.29
Water traces absent

DYM Resources is a professional slack wax and petrolatum supplier, specialized on Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus sourcing. The company is based in Germany, in charge of organizing finance, quality control and delivering products in trucks, tail tank cars and tank containers.

DYM Resources can supply products from the Rosneft, Lukoil, Gazpromneft, Tatneft, Naftan, Fergana and Turkmenbashy refineries. Contact us via our website or email to receive a quote for slack waxes from ex-USSR refineries.

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Turkmenistan Starts Bitumen Export to Uzbekistan

Seidi Oil Refinery has begun exporting bitumen to Uzbekistan. The first batch consists of 675 tons of the product. The agreements lay out that Turkministan will import an estimated 10,000 tons of bitumen in total.

Seidi Oil Refinery’s current bitumen plant was installed three years ago by the American company Westport Trading Europe Ltd. The plant’s capacity allows it to process 118,000 tons of fuel oil per year, yielding about 37,000 tons of bitumen and associated gas oils.

Bitumen is also manufactured in the Central Asian region near Turkmenistan and exported from Kazakhstan. There are two main bitumen plants on its territory: Caspi Bitumen and Gazpromneft Kazakhstan.

According to the information provided by KAZINFORM, an international news agency of Kazakhstan, Caspi Bitumen exported 650 tons of bitumen to Uzbekistan in 2017.

In Tajikistan, the launch of an oil refinery has been announced for September 2018. The project was started in 2014 and organized by the Tajik-Chinese joint venture TK-Oil. The plant is meant to begin manufacturing with the production of a diesel fuel, low-octane gasoline of AI-80 and AI-92 grade, as well as construction bitumen.

Over the last 10 years, several attempts have been made to launch mini-refineries in Tajikistan, in the regions of Kanibadam, Isfara, Shakhrinav, and Khatlon. None of the attempts proved successful.

DYM Resources is a international trading company focused on developing high-quality services in the base oil, wax, and petcoke and bitumen markets.

For enquiries, please contact us via our website.

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