Crude oil tanks of CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation) are pictured at the Port of Rizhao in Rizhao city, east China’s Shandong province, 12 May 2015. (Getty)

January 20, 2022

China has offloaded close to four million barrels of Iranian crude oil into state reserve tanks in the southern port city of Zhanjiang over the past few weeks, a trade source and ship tracking specialist Vortexa Analytics said on Thursday.

A 260,000-tonne Iranian oil cargo was offloaded into Zhanjiang in late December and another similar-sized shipment was discharged into the same port for the emergency stockpile, they said.

China’s imported oil data on Thursday was the first in a year to include Iranian crude.


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