Iran November condensate exports to recover 1% from 5-month low: source

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Updated 18 October 2017
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Iran November condensate exports to recover 1% from 5-month low: source

TOKYO: Iranian exports of ultra-light crude oil known as condensate are set to recover 1 percent in November from a five-month low in October, although maintenance at a key oilfield will continue to drag on supply, a source with knowledge of the country’s preliminary tanker schedule said on Tuesday.
Iran plans to load a total of about 297,000 barrels per day (bpd) of condensate for export in November, up slightly from around 295,000 bpd this month, said the source, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media.
Shipments of condensate are being dented by a “technical problem” at the South Pars field, with maintenance expected to take 1-2 months to complete, National Iranian Oil Company’s Director of International Affairs Saeid Khoshrou told Reuters in late September.
Exports of condensate, used in petrochemical production, will return to about 450,000 bpd after the maintenance, although that is still well below the 550,000 bpd average over the last 15 months, the official said.
Shipments of the ultra-light oil from Iran have eased since reaching a post-sanctions high of 601,000 bpd in February this year, more than double the level from January 2016 when Western sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program were lifted.
Iran has struggled to expand oil exports after it had cleared excess oil stored onshore and offshore. Iran, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, does not publish monthly data on its condensate and crude exports.
Iranian condensate exports to top customer South Korea will rise to nearly 186,000 bpd from about 153,000 bpd in October, the source said.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates is expected to lift about 99,000 bpd next month, down 11 percent from October, while Japan is to load 12,000 bpd in November, also down 11 percent.
China will not load Iranian condensate next month after loading nearly 17,000 bpd in October, the source added.
US President Donald Trump last week struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, defying both US allies and adversaries by refusing to formally certify that Tehran is complying with the accord even though international inspectors say it is.


Uber to appeal Singapore’s competition watchdog decision on Grab deal

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Uber to appeal Singapore’s competition watchdog decision on Grab deal

  • ‘Our objective is not to challenge the remedies of the decision’
  • ‘we aim to clarify that the conclusion that our transaction with Grab led to a substantial lessening of competition’

SINGAPORE: Uber Technologies has decided to appeal a decision by the Singapore competition regulator that its merger with regional rival Grab violated the city-state’s competition laws, the firm said on Monday.
“Our objective is not to challenge the remedies of the decision, which are in fact almost identical to the commitments that Uber and Grab voluntarily offered to the CCCS (Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore),” Uber said in a statement.
“Rather, we aim to clarify that the conclusion that our transaction with Grab led to a substantial lessening of competition, and that Uber intentionally breached the law, is unsupported and incorrect,” it added.
Last month, Singapore slapped ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber with fines and finalized restrictions to open up the market to competitors after concluding that their merger had driven up prices.
Uber sold its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab in March in exchange for a 27.5 percent stake in the Singapore-based firm.