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2018-10-01 11:30:00

IRANIAN OIL FOR JAPAN UP 65%

IRANIAN OIL FOR JAPAN UP 65%

PLATTSJapan's crude oil imports from Iran jumped 65% year on year in August, marking the fourth consecutive month of increase, according to government trade data released Thursday.

This signals domestic refiners' efforts to take as many cargoes as possible before US sanctions against Iran come into effect in November.

The 65% rise lifted Japan's imports of Iranian crude oil to 177,475 b/d in August, contributing to the 5.9% year on year rise in overall crude imports to 3.39 million b/d in the month, preliminary data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed.

Imports of Iranian crude in August edged down 3.3% from July, but the Persian Gulf producer was the fifth-largest supplier to Japan in the month, accounting for 5.2% of the total volume, according to METI data.

METI publishes its data in kiloliters, which S&P Global Platts converts to barrels.

Japan's oil imports from Iran have surged since May as domestic refiners rushed to secure as many cargoes as possible before US sanctions return.

Accordingly, Japan's crude oil imports from Iran over January-August averaged 166,890 b/d, up 4.8% from a year earlier.

Japanese refiners have urged the government to seek a waiver from the US as they are keen to continue importing usual volumes of Iranian crude.

Japan remains firmly committed to seeking US exemption for Iranian oil imports as it sees the supply as important for the country's energy security and business, Ryo Minami, METI's director-general of oil, gas and mineral resources, told S&P Global Platts previously.

US President Donald Trump said on May 8 that the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions that have been frozen since January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

YEMENI CRUDE

Latest METI data also showed that Japan received 520,000 barrels of medium sour Shabwa crude in August, marking the country's first import from Yemen in three years.

Japan last imported 233,723 barrels of Masila crude from Yemen in 2015, according to METI data.

Yemen-Japan oil flows may become more common going forward with JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy showing interest in Masila crude as part of the company's efforts to expand its supply sources. JXTG had been looking at procuring Masila as it had bought the crude occasionally in the past, market sources said.

The Yemeni government has completed repairs to a key crude export pipeline, allowing it to ship its first cargo in three years from the Bir Ali terminal on the Gulf of Aden on July 29.

The Saudi-backed government had been pushing international oil companies for months to restart production from the central Marib and Shabwa basins, its key oil-producing regions.

Production from Shabwa Basin began in April after being shut for more than three years due to the war between Yemen's Houthi militants and the Saudi-led coalition, which imposed a blockade on Yemeni ports preventing exports and shutting in production.

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Earlier:

 IRANIAN OIL EXPORTS DOWN
2018, September, 26, 09:15:00

IRANIAN OIL EXPORTS DOWN

REUTERS - Exports of crude oil and condensates have declined by 0.8 million barrels a day (mbd) from April to September 2018, the IIF, which represents major banks and financial institutions from around the world, said.

 THREATS FOR IRANIAN OIL
2018, September, 26, 09:10:00

THREATS FOR IRANIAN OIL

SHANA - Iran’s OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebily said regarding the current market conditions and the production level of the producing countries in or outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), threats to bring Iran’s oil exports are not practical.

 OIL MARKET UNCERTAINTY
2018, September, 21, 10:40:00

OIL MARKET UNCERTAINTY

PLATTS - 1.4 million b/d of Iranian oil supplies to leave the market by November, when the US sanctions go into force. Venezuela, which pumped 1.22 million b/d in August could see output fall to 1 million b/d in 2019. Politically unstable Libya also presents a supply risk.

 IRAN'S SUPPLIES COMPENSATION
2018, September, 17, 15:15:00

IRAN'S SUPPLIES COMPENSATION

REUTERS - Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia can between them raise global output in the next 18 months to compensate for falling oil supplies from Iran and elsewhere, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on a visit to Moscow on Friday.

 IRAN'S OIL TO S.KOREA DOWN 86%
2018, September, 17, 15:10:00

IRAN'S OIL TO S.KOREA DOWN 86%

PLATTS - South Korea's crude oil imports from Iran plunged 86.5% in August from a year earlier due to pending re-imposition of US sanctions on Tehran, according to preliminary data released by the Korea Customs Service Monday.

 IRAN'S OIL EXPORTS DOWN AGAIN
2018, August, 29, 10:30:00

IRAN'S OIL EXPORTS DOWN AGAIN

REUTERS - Iran’s crude oil and condensate exports in August are set to drop below 70 million barrels for the first time since April 2017, well ahead of the Nov. 4 start date for a second round of U.S. economic sanctions.

 

 U.S. - IRAN SANCTIONS
2018, August, 27, 14:15:00

U.S. - IRAN SANCTIONS

REUTERS - The lawsuit filed with the ICJ says the U.S. sanctions, which are damaging the already weak Iranian economy, violate terms of a little-known friendship treaty between the two countries.

 

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