Turkey’s imports of Iranian oil jump in August

Iran Materials 5 September 2012 15:03

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep.5/ Trend F.Milad/

Turkey increased its oil imports from Iran noticeably in August to 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 48000 bpd in July, the ISNA news agency reported.

The imports exceeded average importations during 2011 which was 180,000 bpd.

Imports previously plummeted to a two and a half year low in July at 48,000 bpd after Turkey struggled to insure its own tankers to lift the oil and ultimately started using an Iranian vessel.

Around 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude oil were discharged at the import terminals Aliaga and Tutunciflik for Turkey's sole refiner Tupras, Reuters reported.

Tupras used two Iranian tankers to bring Iranian crude from storage at the Egyptian port of Sidi Kerir. The port is the end-point of the Sumed pipeline, an alternative route to the Suez Canal for oil shipments coming into the Mediterranean from the Red Sea.

The Suezmax Blossom discharged around 145,000 tons of crude oil three times at the Turkish port of Tutunciflik and once at its other import terminal Aliaga. The VLCC Valor also discharged at Aliaga.