|2019-07-05 來源： 中國石化新聞網|
中國石化新聞網訊 據普氏能源資訊7月4日新加坡報道，澳大利亞似乎要進一步鞏固其作為東亞 - 大洋洲市場主要原油和煉油廠原料供應商之一的地位，由于一系列新的液化天然氣項目的凝析油產量快速增長，該國繼續增加其超輕原油出口量。
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Australia to further consolidate major condensate supplier status in Asia
Australia looks set to further consolidate its status as one of the major crude oil and refinery feedstock suppliers in the East Asia-Oceania market, as the country continues to increase its ultra-light crude exports amid rapid growth in condensate production from a slew of new LNG projects.
Numerous Asian refiners and petrochemical companies have been increasingly relying on Australia for ultra-light crude oil to feed their condensate splitters over the past several years.
The Oceania producer exported 30.72 million barrels of condensate over January-April, up 11% from 27.63 million barrels sold in the same period a year ago, and 39% higher than 22.08 million barrels exported during the first four months of 2017, according to data from Australia's Department of the Environment and Energy.
Export volumes will likely continue to trend higher in tandem with the rapid growth in the country's oil and gas output.
Production of condensate from the country's latest LNG project, Prelude FLNG, was ramping up just months after the project's startup in Q1, with Asian end-users welcoming the project's addition to an already well-supplied condensate pool.
Two Aframax-sized condensate cargoes were scheduled to be lifted from Prelude in August, one each held by equity holders Japan's Inpex and project operator Shell.
Prelude's arrival will add to an already well-supplied Asian condensate market due to a wave of giant LNG projects that have started up in Australia in recent years, among them Gorgon, Wheatstone and Ichthys.
Together with Prelude, these new projects have added an estimated 4-5 million b/month of condensate into Asia. Australia's condensate production jumped 51% year on year to 25.5 million barrels in the first four months of the year, the Department of the Environment and Energy data showed.
The Prelude FLNG project has a production capacity of 3.6 million mt/year of LNG, 1.3 million mt/year of condensate and 0.4 million mt/year of LPG.
Prelude will be competing more with extra-light crude or heavy condensate grades in Asia, as compared with conventional condensates such as Australia's North West Shelf condensate, one of the lightest condensates in the world.
While Shell has not made an assay publicly available, trade sources said Prelude's quality was likely similar to the Ichthys condensate. Both Prelude and Ichthys are produced in close proximity, in the Browse basin off Western Australia.
The Ichthys condensate is considered a heavy condensate, with a gravity of around 50 API, sulfur content of 0.09% and residual yield of 15%, according to a preliminary assay from project operator, Inpex.