Exxon Mobil Says High Sulphur Fuel Oil Demand To Creash 25% By 2025

Yemisi Izuora 

Oil major Exxon Mobil Corporation has predicted that high-sulphur fuel oil demand to fall 25 perl cent by 2025, as a new set of emission regulations kick in next year, a top-level official at the U.S. oil and gas company said on Monday.

A new 0.5 per cent sulphur content cap in shipping fuel set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will come into effect in 2020.

The International Energy Agency  has forecast high-sulphur fuel oil demand to fall 60 percent next year, while marine gasoil demand to more than double.

Exxon’s forecast comes as its refining business is struggling to find enough heavy crude to make fuel oil and other distillates, in the face of U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan crude.

Heavy crude accounts for nearly two-thirds of U.S. oil imports. Of this, Venezuela’s oil accounted for 10 percent of heavy crude imports in 2018 and about 13 percent in 2017, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

Exxon President Bryan Milton was speaking at the Scotia Howard Weil energy conference in New Orleans on Monday. 

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