Iran’s crude exports have broadly increased in line with the country’s expectations announced in mid-January, when economics sanctions related to its nuclear program ended. Destinations for Iranian crude exports have also diversified in recent months as the country tries to regain market share.
Total Iranian waterborne exports gradually increased over the past two months, reaching a record 45.8mn bbls in February 2016, according to Genscape’s monitoring of crude shipments from the Middle East Gulf.
Total Iranian waterborne exports in January 2016 increased month-on-month by 0.26mn bpd and February saw another increase of 0.22mn bpd, reaching an average of about1.58mn bpd.
This corresponds with Iranian officials’ announcement when sanctions ended to ramp up crude exports by around 0.5mn bpd. Roknoddin Javadi, the managing director of Iran’s national oil company, NIOC, said on March 9, 2016, that Iran had reached 1.8mn bpd of production, according to Press TV.
Iranian officials said they intended to achieve output of 2mn bpd by the middle of the new Iranian year, beginning on March 20, 2016, which would put the target date for that around September 2016, according to Press TV.
Iran has also seeked to diversify its crude buyers by gaining back market share lost in Europe after sanctions began. Since mid-January , European oil companies Cepsa, Total and Lukoil have completed deals to buy Iranian crude, while four tankers with Iranian crude have headed to refineries in Algeciras, Spain, Le Havre, France, and Constanta, Romania.
Several other tankers were chartered by European companies to load crude in Iran during March 2016, according to ship broker reports. These include the VLCCs, Achilleas and Solana, which can carry 2mn bbls each. The ships were chartered by Total for European destinations.
Genscape will continue to track the growth in Iranian output as it happens to help market participants assess the impact of any changes in flow on regional markets.
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