China’s worst flooding  since 1998 will reduce the nation’s oil demand by 10%  in July and August.

China’s Diesel Exports Hit Record in July

China’s diesel exports rebounded to a record in July, as severe flooding in some parts of the country curbed domestic fuel demand.
The world’s largest energy consumer exported 1.53 million tons of diesel last month, a 39% jump from June and beating the previous record in May, according to data posted Sunday on the website of the General Administration of Customs.
While outbound gasoline shipments in July slipped from a record in the previous month, they more than doubled from last year to 970,000 tons, Bloomberg reported.
China’s worst flooding since 1998 will reduce the nation’s oil demand by as much as 10% in July and August, Morgan Stanley analysts, including Adam Longson, said in a report earlier this month. The floods caused about $33 billion in economic losses last month, according to London-based insurance broker Aon Plc.
“Heavier-than-usual flooding starting from June has markedly damped road transportation and construction,” Lin Jiaxin, an analyst with ICIS China, said before the data were released. “Refiners had to ship excess fuels overseas to lower stockpiles.”
Gasoline shipments slowed as the nation’s output growth in July was the weakest since Feb. 2015. Production rose 1.6% from a year ago to 10.54 million tons last month, compared with June’s increase of 8.7%, according to data released on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics.
"Refineries may be slowing production as domestic demand for the motor fuel is weaker than expected, which may put a lid on gasoline exports," Lin said. Kerosene exports rose to a seven-month high of 1.09 million tons. Liquefied natural gas imports fell 16.4% from the previous year to 1.6 million tons.

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