By John Lee.
Austria’s OMV is reported to have received the first consignment of crude oil from Iran in several years after sanctions were imposed on the country.
OMV received 1 million barrels of crude oil from Iran in a spot delivery at the Italian port of Trieste.¬† The cargo will be further send to the company‚Äôs two refineries in Austria and Romania for further processing.
OMV has now joined several other European companies that have already resumed purchases of crude oil from Iran. The companies include Shell, Saras, Iplom, Repsol and Hellenic Petroleum.
Mohsen Qamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), told Iran‚Äôs media in June that talks with several other companies from Europe are underway on buying Iran‚Äôs oil.
OMV had earlier signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NIOC as it looked to revive its activities in Iran. The deal covered several areas ranging from oil and gas field evaluation to crude oil and petroleum product swaps.
The latest shipping data show that Iran‚Äôs exports of crude oil in August increased 15 percent from July and exceeded 2 million barrels per day (mb/d) ‚Äď the highest level in almost five years.
The country‚Äôs oil exports in August had reached as high as 2.11 mb/d. The figure is almost double the volume for the country‚Äôs exports over the same period last year and is close to pre-sanctions levels.