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API releases January Monthly Statistical Report

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

A major transition to cleaner marine fuels is proceeding smoothly, according to data recently released from the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) January 2020 Monthly Statistical Report (MSR).

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new low-sulfur emission standard for marine fuels (IMO 2020) went into effect on 1 January without significant market disruption.

“American refiners invested more than US$100 billion over the past decade to ensure their readiness for this historic switch, which strengthens American energy security while simultaneously driving environmental progress in the international marine shipping industry,” said API Chief Economist Dean Foreman. “Despite previous uncertainty, the IMO 2020 transition has been relatively smooth sailing with refiners demonstrating flexibility to accommodate greater demand for low-sulfur fuels with limited impacts on diesel fuel prices and the broader supply chain.”

The MSR found that US petroleum demand decreased in January but remained near the top of the five-year range. Refinery throughput and capacity utilisation rates declined in January, while total inventories increased.

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