|2019-04-17 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
李峻 编译自 Sputnik
EU refiners turn to Russian crude oil as US slaps more sanctions on Caracas
The oil，from the NO.1 oil-reserved country,?has essentially already been taken off the mainstream international market.
European refiners have scrambled to switch to expensive Russian sour crude after the influence?which the geopolitical and diplomatic factors?on international market?, Reuters cited trading sources as saying.
The sources said that even though US crude output is increasing and exports are due to soar later this year, it is not an alternative because American crude is overwhelmingly light and sweet, and European refineries are equipped to process heavier grades to make refined products.
As a result, the refineries are already competing to secure as much sour Russian Urals crude as they can, in a complete reversal of the traditional differential between light and heavy oil to the levels which have not been in place since 2013.
It was echoed by another source underscoring that “all refiners are looking for Urals or a Urals replacement” and that “we see that it won’t be enough for everyone”.