Qatar raises $12bn in bond sale despite political crisis

Qatar remains the subject of a boycott with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 07 March 2019
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Qatar raises $12bn in bond sale despite political crisis

  • Qatar has sold bonds worth $12 billion
  • The stand off with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt is still ongoing

DOHA: Qatar has sold bonds worth $12 billion, the finance ministry said Thursday, attracting strong demand despite an economic and diplomatic boycott by its former Gulf allies.
“The state of Qatar has achieved a successful return to the international financial markets with a total of three tranches — worth $12 billion,” said a ministry statement carried by the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The sale received orders of more than $50 billion, it said.
Qatar has been economically and politically isolated by a Saudi-led bloc — including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — since June 2017 over claims it supports terrorist groups and seeks better ties with Saudi arch-rival Iran.
Doha denies the accusations and says its opponents are seeking regime change in Qatar.
In 2018, the gas-rich state raised $12 billion in its first dollar bond sale in two years, eclipsing Saudi Arabia’s $11 billion bond issue the same year.


China’s crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia up 43%

Updated 25 May 2019
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China’s crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia up 43%

  • Imports grew to 1.53 million barrels per day compared with 1.07 million a year ago
  • Sinopec Group and China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s top state-owned refiners, are halting Iranian oil purchases for loading in May, three people with knowledge of the matter said

BEIJING: China’s crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia rose 43 percent in April, making the Middle Eastern OPEC kingpin once again the top supplier to the world’s second-biggest economy, boosted by demand from new private refiners.
Saudi imports grew to 6.30 million tons, or 1.53 million barrels per day (bpd) on a daily basis, compared with 1.07 million bpd in the year ago period, according to data from the General Administration of Customs released on Saturday.
Saudi shipments were supported by higher refinery run rates at Hengli Petrochemical Co. Ltd, with production at the 400,000 bpd-capacity refinery in northeast China expected to reach optimal levels in late June. About 70 percent of the feedstock for Hengli came from Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile Russian supplies were 6.12 million tons, or 1.49 million bpd, up from 1.35 million bpd in April last year.
China in April imported 3.24 million tons of crude oil from Iran, or 789,137 bpd, up from March’s 541,100 bpd, as companies ramped up buying before the scrapping of sanctions waivers the US had granted to big buyers of Iranian oil.
China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec Group) and China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), the country’s top state-owned refiners, are halting Iranian oil purchases for loading in May, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
Venezuela shipments stood at 1.9 million tons, or 462,813 bpd in April, up 85 percent versus 249,700 bpd in March, while crude imports from Iraq were 3.31 million tons, or 806,372 bpd, down from 904,500 bpd the previous month.