“The decline in Group II 100N and 200N postings, which occurred at the beginning of August, was followed by a second round of downward adjustments during the second week of September,” noted Ian Moncrieff, Vice President of Kline’s Energy Practice. “The viscosity-weighted drop in U.S. Group II prices from August to September amounted to $3/Bbl. Combined with a modest uptick in VGO pricing, the net result was a drop in conventional Group II cash margins of some $4/Bbl. Turning to base oil domestic demand, the EIA reports that U.S. ‘lubricant’ consumption in July, 2015 was nearly 15% above the same month in 2014, continuing the growth trend discussed in last month’s release. Even though U.S. base oil consumption in 2015 appears to be growing, other major economies are not following the U.S. market’s lead, with static or declining indicators in the other major markets.”
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