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China receives a 2 million barrel cargo of Iranian oil ahead of sanctions
11 October 2018 , 18:00Neftegaz.RU368
Teheran, October 11 - Neftegaz.RU. China has received the 1st of its October Iranian crude oil orders, Reuters reported citing Refinitiv Eikon data and a shipping agent with knowledge of the matter.
As reported, a vessel carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil discharged the crude into a bonded storage tank at the port of Dalian in northeast China. According to the sources, the very large crude carrier Dune, operated by National Iranian Tanker Co, offloaded oil into a bonded storage site at the Xingang section of the port.
The tanker left the Iranian oil port at Kharg Island on Sept. 12, according to ship-tracking data. However according to Reuters, China office of NIOC and also NIOC did not respond to an email request seeking comment if it is storing oil at Dalian.
3 other NITC tankers are set to arrive in Dalian in the next week or 2, the ship-tracking data shows. Some of those cargoes are also likely to end up in bonded storage as the refineries in the region, controlled by CNPC, are not equipped to process Iranian oil, said 3 sources at state-run Chinese refiners.
Keeping oil in bonded storage gives the shipment owner the option to sell into China or to other buyers in the region. In early 2014, NIOC leased bonded tanks in Dalian and oil from there was shipped to South Korea and India, Reuters reported.
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