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◢ China has taken its second Iranian cargo of crude oil after US waivers expired in early May, further defying US sanctions on Iran’s oil exports. The HORSE, a VLCC owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) discharged its oil at Tianjin port in northern China, data provided by market intelligence firm Kpler shows.
◢ Mohammed Barkindo, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), will arrive in Tehran tomorrow to visit an annual oil exhibition. Iran is one of the five founding members of OPEC, which is set to mark its 60 year anniversary. Despite this long history, the extraordinary challenges facing Iran’s oil industry have spurred industry leaders to debate three scenarios regarding Iran’s membership in OPEC.
◢ Expectations were high when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani visited neighboring Iraq last month. During the trip, his first as president, Rouhani signed multiple trade deals with Iraq, where the return of peace and stability has renewed the government’s focus on economic development. Iran’s reinvigorated diplomacy towards Iraq reflects a new diplomatic and economic strategy towards its onetime foe.
◢ Aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of gasoline, Iran recently launched the third phase of the Persian Gulf Star Refinery, after a massive investment of USD 4 billion. But given rising consumption, the future of genuine gasoline self-sufficiency in Iran might be less bright than the new developments at the Persian Gulf Star suggest.
◢ A new report from TankerTrackers.com indicates that Iran exported an average 2.2 million bpd of crude oil in the first two weeks of October, a 10 percent rise from the September average. October’s higher export volumes could reflect long-standing customers buying more oil ahead of planned reductions in November, when sanctions are expected to prevent many refiners from taking Iranian crude.