Arábia Saudita importa petróleo da Rússia
August 12, 2022 -
A Arábia Saudita, o maior exportador de petróleo, está a importar
quantidades crescentes de petróleo russo barato para gastar na
refrigeração de verão e libertar o petróleo do reino para exportação.
Russia has been selling fuel at knock-down prices after international sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. However, Riyadh has maintained its cooperation with Moscow in the alliance of global producers known as OPEC+.
According to the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES), Saudi Aramco has signed a contract with the Litasco trading arm of Russia’s Lukoil which will see it take regular delivery of cargoes of Russian high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) throughout 2022.
The kingdom imported 251,000 barrels per day (b/d) of fuel oil in June, according to trade flows from data intelligence firm Kpler. Imports are at the highest since April 2021, when Saudi Arabia imported 277,000b/d.
MESS reported that 203,000b/d came from three facilities that have taken large volumes of Russian oil recently for re-export. Tallinn in Estonia, Ain Sukhna in Egypt and Fujairah in the UAE. Saudi Arabia took 13,000b/d directly from Russia, for a total of 216,000b/d, or 86.1 per cent of total imports.
Saudi fuel imports from Egypt spiked to a record 86,000bpd in June, followed by the United Arab Emirates at 64,000b/d, while Estonia followed with 53,000b/d.
“There are no international sanctions prohibiting such trades and Saudi Arabia has made it clear that it continues to prioritize its relations with Moscow,” MEES said.
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- Exclusive: Saudi Arabia doubles second-quarter Russian fuel oil imports for power generation (Reuters)