China May Become Powerhouse for Oil-Product Exports, IEA Says

China may boost exports of oil products as its refineries expand their capacity while the nation’s slowing economy caps demand, according to the International Energy Agency.

“The exact scope of this evolution hinges on the potential emergence of a mismatch between Chinese domestic demand growth and the nation’s ambitious program of capacity expansion,” the Paris-based IEA said in its Medium-Term Oil Market Report today. “If all planned projects go ahead while demand growth slows as much as we forecast, China could emerge, at least for a while, as a new powerhouse in product exports.”

China’s role as an exporter of fuels would be helped by its companies’ growing footprint in international refining, storage, terminals and logistics, the IEA said.

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