Iranian crude clogs Chinese ports despite US sanctions
Congestion at one of China’s major refinery hubs was reportedly caused by soaring exports of crude from the Persian Gulf nation, which are expected to grow further this month.
Iranian oil is currently trading at a heavy discount under the US economic penalties introduced against Tehran in 2018. In China, it is commonly sold up to five dollars per barrel cheaper against benchmark Brent crude, according to traders, as quoted by Bloomberg. The discount reportedly encourages local companies to stock up amid rising global prices.Also on rt.com 'We said: Inshallah': US sanctions fail to prevent Iran from selling record amount of crude to energy-hungry China
Chinese purchases of Iran’s oil are expected to reach 856,000 barrels per day in March, marking a monthly growth of 129 percent, the agency reports citing Kevin Wright, a Singapore-based analyst with Kpler.
“The surge is related to lower costs but also, politically, to a sense that this might be an interim period between the outgoing administration and the Biden administration figuring out its position on Iran,” Michal Meidan, director of the China Energy Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, told the media.Also on rt.com Iran to join LNG race in Asia with huge North Pars development
Washington has been piling up sanctions against Tehran since former US President Donald Trump initiated a withdrawal from the nuclear deal signed under the Obama administration. Trump’s decisions came as campaign of ‘maximum pressure’ against the Islamic Republic aimed at forcing it to give up its nuclear ambitions.
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