Tag Archives | Basra Heavy

Iraq could introduce Basrah Super Light oil grade

By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Thamir Ghadhban has reportedly said he plans to offer a new Basrah Super Light grade, with up to 38 API gravity, in the next few years. According to S&P Global Platts, he added that this would depend on the development of the country’s southern fields. A Basrah Medium grade, […]

Iraq to launch new “Basrah Medium” Crude Oil Grade

By John Lee. Platts reports that Iraq plans to launch a new Basrah Medium crude oil grade “whenever logistics allow,” to provide “more stability” in existing grades. It quotes Ali Nazar al-Shatari, the Deputy Director General of the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) as saying the new grade will have an API gravity of 29-30 degrees, […]

Basra Crude Exports to fall in June

By John Lee. Iraq is planning to export 3.215 million barrels per day of Basra crude in June, according to a report from Reuters. Sources told the news agency that the total is slightly lower than last month’s due to a reduction in supplies of the Basra Heavy grade. The exports consist of 2.448 million […]

Iraq to Increase Oil Exports in October

By John Lee. Platts reports that Iraq plans to export an average of 3.28 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil in October, a rise of 23,000 bpd from the previous month. It cites data from the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) showing planned export volumes of 80.68 million barrels (2.6 million bpd) of […]

Basra Crude Oil Exports to Rise

By John Lee. Platts reports that Iraq will export 3.257 million bpd of Basra crude oil in September, up 13 percent from August. According to a provisional loading schedule seen by Platts, this will consist of 2.324 million bpd of Basra Light and 933,333 bpd of Basra Heavy grade. This compares to 2.078 million bpd […]

Demand Increases for both Basrah Light and Basrah Heavy

By John Lee. The head of the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said on Tuesday that Iraq is seeing increasing demand for its Basrah Light and Basrah Heavy crudes oil grades. Falah Alamri told Reuters: “There is a lot of demand in summer, more consumption now than the beginning of the year.” He added that […]

Iraq cuts May Crude Export Volumes

By John Lee. Reuters cites trade sources saying on Tuesday that crude oil exports from the southern Iraqi ports are set to fall to the lowest this year in May. A preliminary loading programme shows total Basra crude exports of 3.085 million bpd in May, down from 3.28 million bpd this month, with Basra Heavy […]

Iraq to Load Less Basra Crude in March

By John Lee. Iraq expects to load less Basra crude in March than in February, according to a report from Reuters. A preliminary loading programme for March shows exports of 3.38 million bpd from the southern terminals, down 6.9 percent from the 3.63 million bpd planned for February. February exports, if achieved, could exceed the […]

Basra Heavy Crude has ‘Limited Appeal’ for US Buyers

By John Lee. Reuters reports that sellers of a new ‘Basra Heavy’ crude oil grade are competing fiercely to win market share on the U.S. Gulf Coast, as the high sulfur content has limited appeal for refiners. The State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) began selling the new grade — which has an API gravity of […]

Iraqi Oil Selling for $30 Per Barrel

By Simon Kent. Traders in Europe have reported to Reuters that the Basra Light grade of crude is selling for $30 on the European market, as Iraq gains on Saudi Arabia as one of the main suppliers of oil to EU countries. Last year, Basra split its exports into Basra Light and Basra Heavy grades and […]

High October Target for Basra Exports

By Simon Kent. Iraq is planning a 26% rise in exports of Basra Light and Basra Heavy grades of oil, according to data seen by Bloomberg.  The targets are 55 cargoes of Basra Light and 26 cargoes of Basra Heavy respectively. This would mean an increase from 90.5 million barrels exported in September, up to 114 […]