Added Jun 9, 2021

Using Vortexa’s SDK to investigate the quality of crude imported into Northwest Europe

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On the 27th May, Product Specialist Amy Lees and Machine Learning Engineer Christos Hadjinikolis analysed the quality of crude imported into the ARA (Amsterdam Rotterdam Antwerp) region, a key refining hub in Northwest Europe, using Vortexa’s Software Development Kit (SDK).

Their analysis sheds light on how the API and sulphur content of crudes imported into the ARA region, underpinning refinery yields, is changing with time. A lighter crude slate yields higher volumes of light and middle distillates compared to a heavier one, which yields more heavy residues.

ARA is the key refining hub of North West Europe and therefore an important crude importer. It is also the key producer of European products, and via the links to inland waterways sends products (such as gasoline and diesel) all over Europe. The amount of different products that a refinery can produce is directly correlated to the quality of the crudes going into it; a lighter, sweeter crude being refined will produce more gasoline and light end products which are more valuable, whereas a heavier crude will result in more fuel oil and residuals.

Watch the webinar and access the below notebook via our SDK here.


Let’s start by analysing the crude imports into the ARA region by quality across a time period. Vortexa groups the global crude grades into six categories based on their API and sulphur content – Light-Sweet, Medium-Sweet, Heavy-Sweet, Light-Sour, Medium-Sour and Heavy-Sour.

The first step is to get the ID of each of the crude categories by calling them from the Products endpoint within the SDK:



Next, the Cargo Time Series endpoint is used to get the volume of crude imported into ARA in each crude category on a weekly basis.


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