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Asian refiners are grappling with an increasingly challenging business climate, amid fluctuating crude prices and uncertainty over the strength of product demand.
Plans for new refining capacity in the region are also threatening to create a glut of oil product supplies, as countries look to reduce their reliance on imports just as overcapacity in China drives a big increase in fuel exports. China’s stricter sulphur limits for transportation fuels are also likely to weigh on the regional products market, as domestic gasoline and diesel supplies that do not meet the requirements find their way into the export market.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November’s election, partly underpinned by his protectionist rhetoric, may have a profound impact on the global oil industry. The prospect of a rise in domestic US crude supplies may boost exports to Asia in the foreseeable future. And the emergence of the US as a major exporter of crude and oil products is combining with developments in Asia and the Middle East to create significant changes in global oil market dynamics.
The Argus Refined Products Conference 2017 will feature in-depth discussions on key trends in Asia’s refining sector and products markets, as well as examining the game-changing factors that will drive market developments.
- Impact of US shale exports on Asian refining margins
- Assessing how China’s stricter sulphur limits will affect the regional Asian products market
- Demand outlook for gasoline/gasoil in major consuming countries: Which product will have the strongest refining margins in 2017?
- Is the availability of cheaper LPG emerging as a major threat to naphtha demand, despite rising consumption in the petrochemical sector?
- What does the future hold for fuel oil in the face of falling demand from China and IMO regulations that seek to cut sulphur limits for bunker fuel?
- Are planned refining expansions in Asia and the Middle East rational, given the prospect for regional oversupply in the coming years?
Senior Vice President, Head of Asian Fuel Oil
Mercuria Energy Trading
Estella Shi has 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. She has experience working with Louis Dreyfus, Cosco-Feoso, China Aviation and Chevron. She now manages the Asia Pacific fuel oil trading book in Mercuria.
VP Asia – Petroleum Products
Kevin joined Argus in Singapore in 2014 in the Business Development team. He has 16 years’ oil industry experience, 12 of which were as a trader of a variety of products, including LPG, gasoline, and, most recently, middle distillates. His current focus is on petroleum products in Asia and the Middle East.
Yeo Yu Kin
VP Argus Consulting Services
Yu Kin heads Argus Consulting Services in Asia and is responsible for Argus’ advisory work in the region. Yu Kin started his career in 1990 with KBC Advanced Technology before moving to market consulting with Purvin & Gertz in 2003. During his time with Purvin & Gertz he was responsible for numerous studies in the oil and gas sectors and other energy-related businesses
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