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Jet fuel being used as blending component to produce low sulphur bunker fuel

22 Sep 2020

The crash in demand for air travel and jet fuel due to the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the industry to use the product as a blending component in the production of low sulphur bunker fuel, reports Bloomberg.

Allegedly, jet fuel was used to blend bunker fuel in Singapore through April and May when prices were close to $20 per barrel from $70 per barrel in January and the demand for air travel is not expected to recover until 2024. 

A specialist for fuels at Lloyd’s Register has purportedly cautioned that while jet fuel can indeed be used in a marine fuel blend, it can have a far lower flash point which can be a safety hazard for vessels.

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Published: 20 September, 2020

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