CNA – Japanese crude oil imports from the Middle East in August rose 12.1 per cent from a year earlier to 2.82 million barrels per day (bpd), equivalent to 13.88 million kilolitres, with Japan’s dependence on the region reaching 94.5 per cent, the industry ministry said yesterday.
Japan has stopped buying crude from Russia since June in the light of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, and Japanese refiners have sought alternatives from the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia.
The dependency rate on the Middle East hit 97.7 per cent in July, the highest since statistics began in 1952, according to an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). But the figure in August slightly fell from the previous month as imports from the United States grew.
The dependency marked the sixth consecutive month of year-on-year increase.
Japan’s total crude oil imports rose 9.3 per cent in August from a year earlier to 2.98 million bpd (14.69 million kl).