Royal Dutch Shell will import 130,000 tons Iranian crude oil in July, becoming the second major oil firm after Total to restart trade with Tehran after a lasting nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, a report said.
According to shipping data, Shell fixed Suezmax tanker Delta Hellas to bring 130,000 tons of Iranian crude from Kharg Island on July 8 to continental Europe, Reuters reported.
Trading sources said the cargo would unload in Rotterdam.
Shell repaid its outstanding debt to Iran from pre-sanction times earlier this year.
Besides Total, European purchases of Iranian crude have gone to refineries in Spain, Greece and Italy since the anti-Tehran sanctions were lifted in January this year.
Iran’s crude exports are now close to pre-sanctions levels of around 2.5 million barrels per day.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)