Sulfur cuts, European demand growth reshaping diesel market

The global market for diesel fuel is changing fundamentally as sulfur-content limits take effect in the largest consuming regions. Trade patterns are shifting, and supply strains threaten some areas.The issues will come into sharp focus next year, when new sulfur limits on highway diesel begin taking effect in the US. While refining capacity sufficient to meet the new specifications is believed to be in place, worries linger about the potential for spot shortage arising from unresolved logistics and enforcement questions.If problems develop, the US market will not be able to rely on Europe for supplemental diesel to the extent it did for gasoline when hurricanes shut down Gulf Coast refin...

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