Iraq aims to supply China with about 60% more crude next year, as OPEC’s second-biggest supplier double downs on its main market in Asia, according to the head of the state-run Oil Marketing Co.
Iraq is ready to ship about 1.45 MMbpd to China in 2019, based on conversations with existing long-term customers, Alaa Al-Yasiri, director general of the company known as SOMO, said in an interview in Shanghai on Monday. That compares to current sales of 900,000 bbl to ten term buyers that include state traders Chinaoil and Unipec, he said on the sidelines of the China International Import Expo.
SOMO’s push into China includes a deal this week to start an oil trading venture with Zhenhua Oil, which will be based in Tianjin. The venture tentatively plans annual sales of about 8 million metric tons — or about 160,000 bpd — to smaller, independent refiners known as teapots as well as large petrochemical plants, Al-Yasiri said…
Read more : Worldoil, 06.11.2018