TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Figures released by Reuters showed that South Korea – the world’s fifth-biggest crude importer – purchased 1.83 million tons – or 446,000 million barrels per day (mb/d) - of Iran’s oil last month.
This was around 23 percent higher from nearly 1.5 million tons a year ago, Reuters quoted customs data as showing.
Asia’s fourth largest economy mainly buys ultra-light oil from Iran, also known as condensate, but the data does not provide a breakdown of imports, it added.
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Iran’s exports of crude oil have reached the highest level since February.
Figures released by Bloomberg show that Iran shipped 2.28 mb/d of crude oil to international markets in September.
The rise came as Iran – together with Iraq that exported 3.98 mb/d last month – took advantage of production cuts implemented by Saudi Arabia. Lower exports by the Saudis provided an opportunity to the two neighbors to win buyers in key markets like China and the US.
Saudi Arabia’s exports were 6.68 million barrels a day, the second-lowest for this year, Bloomberg added.
While Iraq took over the Saudis in exports to the US and India, Iran outpaced the strongest forces inside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) over exports to Asian heavyweight China.
The kingdom is expected to fall further behind Iran and Iraq in November as its state oil giant – the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, or Aramco as it is internationally known, is scheduled to make the deepest cuts in supplies to customers in its history in November, as officially announced by Riyadh.