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Unloading of Russian oil begins

Of 45,000 metric tonnes of crude oil, 3,000 metric tonnes offloaded from the ship to Pakistan Refinery Limited

By Ali Imran Syed
June 12, 2023
Pure Point, the vessel in which Russian oil reached Pakistan, can be seen anchored at a dock in Karachi, on July 12, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — Twitter/@Roohan_Ahmed
Pure Point, the vessel in which Russian oil reached Pakistan, can be seen anchored at a dock in Karachi, on July 12, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — Twitter/@Roohan_Ahmed

KARACHI: The unloading process of the discounted Russian crude oil — from the vessel to a refinery in the port city — kicked off on Monday, people familiar with the matter informed Geo News.

People in the facility said that of the 45,000 metric tonnes of crude oil, 3,000 metric tonnes had been offloaded from the ship to Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL).

They added that the crude oil, which took more than 20 days to reach the country, will be entirely shifted to the refinery tomorrow. The vessel reached the Pakistani waters from the Port of Oman.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced Sunday that the cargo had reached Karachi — a first for Pakistan, which has traditionally imported the commodity for oil-rich Gulf nations.

"I have fulfilled another of my promises to the nation. Glad to announce that the first Russian discounted crude oil cargo has arrived in Karachi and will begin oil discharge tomorrow."

"Today is a transformative day," he said.

In April, Pakistan placed its first order for discounted Russian crude oil under a new deal signed between Islamabad and Moscow.

The News reported that after refining the crude, a test report would be submitted to the government on the quality, yields, transportation cost, and commercial viability of the crude oil.

Following the approval of the report, the government will go for a long-term government-to-government (gtg) deal with Russia.

The test cargo will also help the government assess the transportation costs, refining costs, and margins for refineries and also to know how smooth the payment mechanism that has been carved out based on the Yuan currency.

Pakistan imports 70% of its crude oil, which the PRL, National Refinery Limited, Pak Arab Refinery Limited, and Byco Petroleum refine.

The remaining 30% is locally produced and refined by the local refineries, including Attock Refinery Limited.

The move to import oil from Russia comes as Pakistan is looking to diversify its sources of oil imports amid rising global prices.

Russia is a major producer of crude oil and has offered the country discounted oil prices. The payment for the Russian crude will be made in Yuan through the Bank of China.

The Russian crude is reported to have come to Pakistan at $50-52 per barrel against the price cap of $60 per barrel imposed by the G7 countries, so at this cost, the furnace oil cost may go in a positive trajectory.