(Reuters) – Saudi oil company Aramco has notified Japanese refinery company JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy of a possible change in delivery and expressed concerns about the Kingdom's ability to deliver crude one week after attacks on its refineries, according to the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
Aramco had no reason to change the oil grade delivered to Japan's largest refineries from light to heavy and medium volumes as of October, Nikkei said, citing JXTG officials.
JXTG officials suspect that Aramco needs more time than expected to repair its desulphurisation plant, which is required to produce crude oil for the production of gasoline and light gas oil.
At least three supertankers, who this week in Saudi Arabia had loaded crude oil for China and India, had switched their crude oil grades from light oil to heavy fuel oil, while more buyers in Asia were being asked to postpone deliveries and the varieties in September and October Reuters reported citing sources and data from Refinitiv and Kpler. [nL3N26B0WJ]
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Saudi Aramco has emerged from the attacks "stronger than ever", CEO Amin Nasser told employees on Saturday in a statement. [nB2N24901C]
The Yemeni Houthi group took responsibility for the attacks, but one US official said they were from southwestern Iran.
Aramco and JXTG did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report.
Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru