Irak importerade 6,5 miljoner liter bensin/dag under oktober månad.
Landet som ”flyter på ett hav av olja” importerar bensin. Ockupationsregeringens oljeminister Hussein Shahrastani hävdar motsatsen.
Irak importerar även oljeprodukter av olika slag. Irak var tidigare exportör av dessa produkter.
Iraqi October gasoline imports hit 6.5 million liters/day
Amman, Jordan—Iraq imported 6.5 million liters/day of gasoline in October, Iraqi oil ministry figures obtained by Platts showed, despite claims by top oil officials that the country had achieved self-sufficiency in the product. The figures also show that Iraq imported 570 mt/day of LPG last month even though Iraqi officials have said the country was importing only 500 mt/day of LPG to reinforce its local emergency stock. October gasoline imports were 1.2 million l/d higher than the 2008 average import rate of 5.3 million l/d. The imports are needed to supplement domestic production of 9.6 million l/d and help satisfy demand, currently hovering at around 15.5 million l/d. Despite the rise in gasoline imports, the ministry figures show that Iraq did not import any jet fuel or gasoil in October. Imports of jet fuel were suspended in March this year while gasoil imports stopped in August.
Iraq’s refineries appear able to meet domestic demand for middle distillates by relying on higher production rates and relatively higher stocks built up during the first half of the year. Iraq produced 7.2 million l/d of jet fuel in October, roughly unchanged from an average 7.1 million l/d in 2008, and 13.9 million l/d of gasoil, up from an average 13.2 million l/d last year.
Consumption in October averaged 7.6 million l/d and 14.1 million l/d respectively for the two products. Exports of excess fuel oil continue to be a fraction of the volumes exported in 2008. Iraq exported 467,000 l/d of fuel oil in October via the Gulf sea route compared with an average export rate in 2008 of 12.15 million l/d. But the figures showed 93,000 b/d of fuel oil was mixed with the exported crude stream in October. Iraq seems to have opted for the practice of mixing most of the excess fuel oil with crude in an effort to boost revenues despite the fact that this is having an impact on oil export quality.—
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