Taiwan’s refiners will increase crude imports from Iran this year, paving the way for the sanctions-hit OPEC producer to regain its market share in Asia, company spokesmen said on Monday.
The companies are likely to be among the first in Asia to restart trade relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions.
Refiners CPC Corp and Formosa Petrochemical will resume imports, bringing them back to contractual volumes that had been previously agreed with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the spokesmen said.
‘We will purchase 2 million barrels of crude oil from Iran at the end of March or early April,’ CPC’s spokesman Ray-Chung Chang told Reuters.
‘It will be the first (Iranian) cargo for us this year.’
Formosa Petrochemical spokesman KY Lin said the company was waiting for a green light from local authorities, but that it did not expect any more restrictions on Iranian crude imports.
‘We have already agreed (with NIOC) on a volume late last year in anticipation of the lifting of the sanctions,’ he said
‘It’s a continuation of our contract.’
Prior to the sanctions, Taiwan imported close to 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude in 2010, but the volume dwindled to an all-time low of 3,600 bpd in 2014. ‘It’s a continuation of our contract.’
Prior to the sanctions, Taiwan imported close to 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude in 2010, but the volume dwindled to an all-time low of 3,600 bpd in 2014.
Last year, the two Taiwanese refiners imported just 2 million barrels each, customs data showed.