The Odessa port authority received 81,282 mt of oil from Libya's Zawiya terminal this week, its 1st import of crude from the North African country. The Prometheus Energy tanker discharged the Libyan crude November 9-11 in Odessa, and was offshore Sevastopol as off Wednesday morning, according to data from Platts trade flow software cFlow.
Libya's El Sharara crude which loads from Zawiya is similar in quality Azeri Light and is known for its high middle distillate yields. Azeri Light has been trading at over eight-year highs recently as demand for this light sweet grade has soared, boosted by robust middle distillate cracks and the greater appeal of such grades ahead of the International Maritime Organization's global 0.5% sulfur cap in marine fuel from 2020.
Azerbaijan's light sweet crude has been attracting premiums of over $5/b to Platts Dated Brent in recent weeks, the highest since September 2011. Earlier this week, Azeri Light was offered at Dated Brent plus $6/b. In July, Ukraine imported a cargo of Bakken Blend, which was its first purchase of US crude.
UkrTatNafta has been struggling in recent years due to lack of supplies, mostly focusing on tanker shipments from Azerbaijan. The company is one of the 2 oil refineries in operation in Ukraine. The refinery can process about 18.6 million mt/year of crude, but its annual refining has not exceeded 2.5 million mt/year over the past several years.
Ukraine imported 269,400 mt of crude oil worth $138.1 million in January-June, according to the state customs service. Azerbaijan supplied 98.2% of the country's total oil imports in the period.
Author: Rosemary Griffin