russian petcoke exports

Russian Petcoke Exports to China in September Were Lowest Since January

Russian petcoke exports to China reached an all-year low in September.

Russia exported only 1,744 tons of petroleum coke (petcoke) to China by rail in September 2016, data compiled by DYM Resources shows. These were the lowest export rates since Russia loaded just 1,600 tons in January.

September exports were thirteen times lower than in July and twice lower than in August.

“China has lost volumes to more attractive destinations in September like the Baltic Sea ports, where about 18,500 tons of petcoke were loaded from three refineries: Antipinsky, Taneco and Perm,” Yury Burenko, senior petroleum coke trader at DYM Resources, commented.

Antipinsky and Perm refineries produce petcoke with a sulphur content below 3 percent, while Taneco loads petcoke with a sulphur content below 5 percent.

Demand for 3 percent petcoke in Western China may have dropped due to price cuts by major Xinjiang province petcoke producer Tahe during the summer months. Tahe refinery produces 4 percent sulphur at its 1 million-ton unit and cut prices to trim high stocks prior to expected environmental checks. China is limiting high-sulphur petcoke usage to improve the ecological situation in the country.

Russia exported 78,400 tons of petroleum coke to China between January and September this year by rail, DYM Resources data shows. Exports reached their peak in June and July, when about 20,000 tons per month were loaded (see chart).

Petcoke export to china, tons

  • Exports from Russia to China, Mt (shipped)
  • Imports to China from Russia, Mt

Kazakhstan Loading to China Grows

Russia is competing with Kazakhstan for exports to the Western Chinese province of Xinjiang. Pavlodar refinery loaded 20,400 tons of petcoke to China in September, while Atyrau refinery exported 6,200 tons to this region. Kazakhstan petroleum coke exports to China rose in September by 28 percent compared to August and 40 percent compared to July this year.

In 2015, most Kazakhstan petcoke shipments were heading to Russia for aluminum production. Pavlodar produces petcoke with a 3 percent sulphur content while Atyrau produces petcoke with a sulphur content below 2 percent.

Pavlodar refinery is located 1,000 km from Dostyk station, where the main rail border crossing between Kazakhstan and China sits. Kazakhstan refineries are closer to Chinese aluminum plants than to ports on the Baltic or Black seas, which makes loading eastwards more attractive.

Russian Petcoke Exports Shift to Turkey

Russia started loading petroleum coke for export to the Black Sea market in October.

“High demand in Turkey, India and other developing countries are pushing prices for petcoke higher and the Chinese market will adjust to compete with other markets for Russian petcoke,” Burenko said.

Prices in the Black Sea markets are going up after increased prices for U.S. and Venezuelan petcoke cargoes during the fourth quarter of this year. Major buyers in the Black Sea market are Turkish cement producers; this industry consumes 4 million tons of high-sulphur petcoke per year.

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Russian Base Oil Exports Fell by 13% in 2015

Russian base oil exports dropped by 13 percent in 2015, according to data compiled by DYM Resources.

That drop put exports down to 940,000 tons.

“It was a challenging year for Russian base oils,” commented DYM Resources base oils project manager Denis Varaksin. “Export volumes dropped at their quickest pace since the 2009 crisis, and fell below 1 million tons per year for the first time in almost a decade.”

“The global market oversupply and the halting of the Lukoil base oil unit in the Nizhny Novgorod refinery, as well as production issues at Perm refinery, were the main reasons for this decrease,” Varaksin added.

DYM Resources expects Russian base oil exports to stabilize in 2016, as refinery activities will try to capitalize on lower feedstock costs, lower export duties and an anticipated price recovery.

Lukoil remained the biggest base oil exporter out of Russia, with market share above 46 percent.

In 2015, the producer shut down a base oil unit at Nizhny Novgorod with a volume of 250,000 tons per year. Lukoil continued base oil exports from the Perm and the Volgograd refineries.

Rosneft held the second biggest share of Russian base oil exports at about 25 percent. This included its share in the Yaroslavl refinery. The company exported base oils from the Angarsk and Novokuibyshevsk refineries.

The Baltic port remained the main export gate for Russian base oil exports, at about 400,000 tons or roughly 40 percent of all exports loaded in 2015. The Black Sea market accounted for 20 percent, while China absorbed 7 percent.

The Angarsk refinery remained the predominant supplier to China, sending almost 70,000 tons to this country by rail.

Russia’s biggest flexi-container export port lost about half of its base oil export volumes in 2015. It loaded about 43,000 tons.

Tatneft started exporting Group II and Group III base oils from its Taneco refinery in 2015. All in all, the company exported more than 4,500 tons to Europe, the United Arab Emirates, India and other countries.

DYM Resources is a base oil and slack wax supplier focused on Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and European sources. Based in Berlin, Germany, DYM Resources keeps costs low and quality high by using cost-efficient storage and offices.

Source: DYM Resources

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