September 30, 2019

Impact of Crude Mix on Marine Bunker Fuel Oil 0.5% S m/m Production

Stratas Advisors

More than 2 million bpd of crude is available that can be converted to 0.5% S m/m utilizing simple refinery processing. The refinery processing such as blending, steam stripping and crude distillation may be applied to meet the marine bunker fuel specification.  Sweet heavy crude doesn’t need hydrotreating to meet the bunker fuel specification as the sulfur is already below 0.5% S m/m. The properties that can be a concern are minimum flash point, viscosity, CCAI and density. These properties can be achieved by simple refinery processing. There can be many more options of these crudes. However, the following crudes are listed that can be of interest for the refiners to look into.

Country, Region

Crude

APIo

Sul,

% m/m

Vis, cSt

@ 100 F

Production, Thousand BPD

Cameroon, Africa

Doba Blend

20

0.16

190

100

Indonesia, Asia

Duri Heavy, Sumatra

21

0.19

115

250

Brunei, Asia

Champion Export

24

0.14

15

100

Argentina

Escalante

24

0.19

150

1000

Nigeria, West Africa

Bonny Medium

25

0.22

20

100

Indonesia

Sanga

25

0.18

5

10

Kansas , US

Marcotte Field

26

0.77

15

300

Congo

Djeno Blend

28

0.32

25

250

Argentina

Canadon Seco

29

0.16

30

150

UK

Kraken

14

0.55

400

50

Total

 

2310

Source: Stratas Advisors

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