We recently discussed Iraqi flows to the U.S., and how they continue to exhibit strength. Iraqi flows to the U.S. last year averaged just under 600,000 bpd, up a third from 2016’s volume. While January deliveries were robust, clambering above 700,000 bpd, they were even more impressive to Asia, rising to a record.
Loadings from southern Iraq are the driving force behind the record. Exports from the Kurdish region of northern Iraq still remain in check amid conflict in the area (hark, averaging under 300,000 bpd for the last three months). Also, flows from northern Iraq only head to Europe and the eastern Mediterranean.
It has been loadings from Basrah instead, and particularly a pick-up in Basrah Heavy into India, which has helped propel Asian deliveries to a record:
We can see from our ClipperData that Iraq sends crude into a number ( –> 8 <– ) of different Asian countries, but it has been flows to India and China where we have seen the biggest pick up. Between the two, imports reached over two million barrels per day last month, with India climbing to the highest on our records at 1.2mn bpd, over 50 percent above last year’s average. China was no slouch either, importing a quarter more crude in January than last year’s average.
Over 70 percent of deliveries went to three refineries in India: Essar’s Vadinar refinery, Reliance’s Jamnager refinery and Indian Oil’s Paradip refinery. As for China, a good chunk (
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