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Switzerland downstream oil long-term outlook

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12 September 2019

Switzerland downstream oil long-term outlook

Report summary

Following the closure of Collombey refinery in 2015, Cressier is Switzerland's only operating crude oil refinery. This sharp decline in domestic refining capacity has left Switzerland more dependent on oil product imports, primarily sourced from the ARA trading hub and barged up the Rhine river. The Swiss market can be volatile. Emergency fuel stocks were released in 2015 and 2018 when very low water levels on the Rhine restricted the movement of barges to the upper regions. These incidents have highlighted Switzerland's exposure to increasing physical supply risk and the impact of climate change on the Rhine as a vital European transport corridor. Demand can also be affected by unseasonably cold or warm weather, causing short-term fluctuations in heating oil consumption. The Swiss retail fuel market is characterised by two distinct segments: automated unmanned sites with a focus in low overheads and offering discounted fuel prices, and full service stations with convenience stores.

Table of contents

  • Gasoline
  • Jet/other kerosene
  • Gas/diesel oil
  • Fuel oil
  • Regulatory issues
  • Overall position - net importer
    • Volumes
    • Overall network development
    • Varo Energy
    • BP
    • Shell
    • Eni
    • Tamoil
    • Socar
    • Network efficiency
    • Performance pacesetters in the retail market
    • Non-fuel retailing
    • Hypermarket fuel outlets
    • Motor fuels (gasoline and diesel)
    • Industrial/domestic gas oil
    • Aviation kerosene
    • Heavy fuel oil
    • LPG
    • Lubricants
    • Bitumen
  • Key issues influencing gross fuel margins
  • Key issues influencing net profitability
    • Oil product storage infrastructure
    • Independent petroleum product storage
  • Country crude slate overview
  • Refining overview

Tables and charts

This report includes 23 images and tables including:

  • Car parc by type
  • Gasoil/diesel demand by sector
  • Fuel oil demand by sector
  • Demand forecast (kt)
  • Trade balance 2012-2018
  • Key trading countries/regions 2018
  • Gasoline - Net importer
  • Jet/kero - Net importer
  • Diesel/gasoil - Net importer
  • Fuel oil - Balanced
  • Main products: monthly unit gross margins 2011 - 2017
  • Unit net margins
  • Storage and distribution infrastructure
  • Crude input slate
  • Cressier refinery profile
  • Retail fuel volumes
  • Network size and structure
  • Retail outlets by brand
  • Market shares
  • Non-fuel offering and site type for key players 2018
  • Number of sites and average throughputs
  • Network effectiveness ratio: ratio of share of fuel sales to share of sites
  • Commercial transport fuel volumes

What's included

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    Switzerland downstream oil long-term outlook

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