Best in Energy – 25 January 2023

China’s quota system for oil import and exports

U.S. refinery margins strengthen on maintenance

Northeast Asia boosted coal imports in December

Brazil’s hydroelectric dams are brim full ($BBG)

U.S. air freight moves to secondary hubs ($WSJ)

U.S. temporary employment is declining ($WSJ)

Lithium producers anticipate long boom ($FT)

U.S. oilfield services see multi-year boom ($FT)

SINGAPORE’s inventories of distillate fuel oils have stabilised and increased slightly since nearing a multi-year low under 7 million barrels in early November. The increase has coincided with an acceleration of diesel exports from China and a slowdown in freight movements which have relieved some of the regional shortage. Nonetheless stocks are still -2.5 million barrels (-24%) below the prior ten-year seasonal average:

Best in Energy – 18 January 2023

Europe’s gas supply gets lucky with warm winter ($BBG)

IEA forecasts global oil use to rise +1.9 million b/d

France electric grid cites improved reserve margin

Texas needs more progress on electricity reliability

Europe’s coal prices slump in competition with gas

U.S. airlines report strong passenger demand ($FT)

LONDON’s Heathrow airport handled 109,151 metric tonnes of air cargo in December 2022 down by -14% compared with 127,188 metric tonnes in December 2021. Air freight volumes are slackening as the global manufacturing sector enters a downturn, with the United Kingdom one of the hardest-hit economies: