Crude: ARGUS des Shandong price assessments

Crude: ARGUS des Shandong price assessments

The ARGUS crude delivered to Shandong price assessments

Argus delivered ex-ship (des) Shandong assessments are the first transaction-based prices for China. These five crude grades are the most traded on Shandong’s spot market, and allows traders, producers and refiners to shift from risky fixed-price deals to floating-price indexation.

 
Des Shandong spot trade in assessed grades and des Shandong vs Ice Brent 

Des Shandong trade flows

Des Shandong trade flows

Des Shandong Johan Sverdrup

Norway’s Johan Sverdrup is a major new source of supply to the Chinese market. With a specification of API° 28 and Sulphur 0.8pc, Johan Sverdrup is considered a competitor to Brazilian and west African grades. Like the rest of the des Shandong price assessments, des Shandong Johan Sverdrup is assessed as an average of deals done over the day, but with an assessment window of 60 to 100 days forward.


Des Shandong Lula

Two-thirds of Brazilian crude exports are shipped to China, half of which end up in Shandong. The Argus des Shandong Lula assessment provides the first-ever market assessment for Brazil’s largest export stream that does not price at the point of loading. The des Lula assessment gives producers, traders and refiners an option to shift to floating price indexation from fixed-price trades in a volatile market environment. Argus’ highly-liquid des Lula assessment also provides market participants a much-needed reference price for the settlement of swaps contracts.


Des Shandong ESPO Blend

The Argus des Shandong ESPO Blend assessment complements Argus’ successful fob Kozmino assessment for Russia’s core export grade to Asia-Pacific, giving market participants price visibility down the supply chain. China is the main market for ESPO Blend, and the des Shandong market trades ESPO Blend all month-round.


Des Shandong Djeno

The Argus des Shandong Djeno assessment provides buyers and sellers with a reference price for sales of all west African grades to northeast Asia, simplifying the process of agreeing term contracts for buyers and sellers. Most west African crude exports head to Asia-Pacific, where Congolese Djeno has emerged as the most-liquid traded grade in a fragmented delivered market.


Des Shandong Oman

Oman is the only significant non-Opec producer in the Mideast Gulf, exporting over 200,000 b/d to Shandong province. Argus’ des Shandong Oman assessment gives a vital indication of the value of sour crude traded to China, and the marginal price for competing grades such as Russian Urals. Spreads between the Argus des Oman and des ESPO Blend assessments give a geographically precise measure of the relative value of sweet and sour crude in northeast Asia. In contrast, the international Brent-Dubai EFS — the premium of Ice Brent crude futures to Dubai swaps — can spike or collapse in response to changes in supply in the North Sea or from Opec producer countries. The delivery period of Argus’ des Oman assessment aligns with the front-month sour crude futures contract on Shanghai-based energy exchange INE, where the bulk of INE liquidity occurs.


Where to find these assessments

Argus Crude
These four des Shandong price assessments are published daily in our Argus Crude service, where you can also find news and analysis for over 80 different internationally-traded crude streams.

Argus China Petroleum
The Argus China Petroleum service offers in-depth daily coverage of oil markets in China and includes over 30 sets of key data tracking prices and supply and demand fundamentals, as well as a monthly report analyzing market developments.

Oil barrels

联系我们

Argus produces information and services for global markets, which requires Argus to share your personal information with Argus group companies and service providers that are based both within and outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Argus Media may use the details submitted to send you information about related Argus products and services which may be of interest to your business. You can unsubscribe from these updates at any time. We manage your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy.

Required
请输入您的名字
长度不能超过300个字符。
请输入您的姓氏
长度不能超过300个字符。
请输入您的电子邮件
请填写有效的电子邮件地址
Please enter your company name
Please fill in a valid telephone number
Please select country
Please select your primary market