Asia Distillates-Gasoil cracks rise as crude prices dip; market still frail

    SINGAPORE, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Asian refining margins for 10 ppm gasoil climbed on Monday,
partly helped by weaker raw material crude prices, but the market for the industrial fuel
remains pressured by abundant supplies and lacklustre demand.
    Refining profit margins, also known as cracks, for 10 ppm gasoil rose to $3.76
a barrel over Dubai crude during Asian trading hours, compared with $3.46 per barrel on Friday.
    Cracks for the benchmark gasoil grade in Singapore, which have shed 35% over the last month,
remain about 75% lower than the historical average for this time of year, Refinitiv Eikon data
    Extended coronavirus lockdowns in several key markets have rattled demand for the fuel
across the region, which has also been grappling with supply issues on the back of higher
exports coming from China and India, market watchers said.
    India's gasoil exports rose to a three-month high of 2.4 million tonnes in August, while
China's exports soared to a four-month high of 1.71 million tonnes last month, Refinitiv oil
research assessments showed.
    Gasoil exports from China would likely climb back to the 2 million tonnes range for the
remainder of the year, according to the assessments.
    The current lack of arbitrage opportunities is another factor, contributing to supplies
being locked within the region, trade sources said.
    The exchange of futures for swaps (EFS), which determines the gasoil price spread between
Singapore and Northwest Europe, flipped into positive territory on Monday, trading
around 18 cents per tonne, typically making it unworkable for arbitrage shipments.
    Arbitrage is usually profitable when the EFS trades at about minus $15 a tonne or below,
though it depends on other factors such as freight rates as well, according to traders.
    Cash discounts for 10 ppm gasoil GO10-SIN-DIF were at 64 cents a barrel to Singapore
quotes on Monday.
    - No gasoil deals, no jet fuel trades
    - China's crude oil imports in August climbed 13% from a year earlier, buoyed by hefty
orders placed earlier this year when global oil prices collapsed and as cargoes previously
delayed by congestion at arrival ports finally cleared customs.
 CASH ($/T)             ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%                42.85    -1.72      -3.86       44.57  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                      -2.28     0.05      -2.15       -2.33  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%               43.08    -1.73      -3.86       44.81  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                     -2.04     0.05      -2.39       -2.09  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%               43.36    -1.66      -3.69       45.02  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                     -1.77     0.10      -5.35       -1.87  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%              44.49    -1.75      -3.78       46.24  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                    -0.64     0.02      -3.03       -0.66  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                    38.83    -1.77      -4.36       40.60  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                    -1.10     0.08      -6.78       -1.18  JET-SIN-DIF
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Hugh Lawson)