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Asia Distillates-Jet fuel cash differentials flip to discounts

    SINGAPORE, May 19 (Reuters) - Asia's cash differentials for jet fuel flipped back into
discounts on Wednesday, after staying in positive territory for two weeks, as fresh waves of
coronavirus infections in several regional markets weighed on aviation demand.
    Cash differentials for jet fuel JET-SIN-DIF plunged to a discount of 3 cents per barrel to
Singapore quotes, compared with a premium of 5 cents a barrel on Tuesday.
    A resurgence in coronavirus cases and a slow rate of vaccinations are forcing people to
avoid travel and governments to keep border restrictions intact.
    The Asian jet fuel market, however, is expected to benefit from arbitrage shipments to the
West, where aviation demand is recovering faster, they added.
    Refining margins for jet fuel in Singapore climbed 20 cents to $6.29 per barrel
over Dubai crude during Asian trading hours on Wednesday as feedstock crude prices fell.
    
    INVENTORIES
    - Middle-distillate inventories in the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone dropped 8.6% to 3.7
million barrels in the week ended May 17, data via S&P Global Platts showed.
    - The weekly stocks in Fujairah have averaged 3.9 million barrels this year, compared with
4.2 million barrels in 2020, Reuters calculations showed.
    - U.S. distillate fuel inventories, which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 2.6
million barrels in the week to May 14, according to two market sources, citing American
Petroleum Institute (API) figures.
    
    TENDERS
    - India's Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) has offered 65,000 tonnes of
10ppm gasoil for June 16-18 loading from the port of New Mangalore. The tender closes on May 24
and has a same-day validity.
    - MRPL was also offering 40,000 tonnes of jet fuel for June 23-25 loading in a tender that
closes on May 24 and has a same-day validity.
    
    SINGAPORE CASH DEALS
    - One gasoil deal, no jet fuel trades
    
    OTHER NEWS
    - China's newly imposed tax on $22 billion worth of annual imports of three fuels will have
a wide-ranging impact on the global oil industry - hurting Venezuelan suppliers to Korean
refiners, and big traders such as Vitol to smaller ones at home.
    - Investors should not fund new oil, gas and coal supply projects if the world wants to
reach net zero emissions by mid-century, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday,
in the top global watchdog's starkest warning yet to curb fossil fuels.

    ASSESSMENTS
 MID-DISTILLATES                                                                       
 CASH ($/T)            ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%               71.93    -2.15      -2.90       74.08  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                     -2.04    -0.14       7.37        -1.9  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%              72.08    -2.15      -2.90       74.23  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                    -1.89    -0.14       8.00       -1.75  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%              72.21    -2.19      -2.94        74.4  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                    -1.76    -0.18      11.39       -1.58  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%             74.13    -2.05      -2.69       76.18  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                    0.16    -0.04     -20.00         0.2  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                   71.56    -2.12      -2.88       73.68  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                   -0.03    -0.08    -160.00        0.05  JET-SIN-DIF
                                                                                       
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 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai                                                                   
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 LGO M1/M2                                                                             
 LGO M2                                                                                
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; editing by Barbara Lewis)
  
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