Hanoi — Thailand imported 829,120 b/d of crude oil and condensate in June, rising 17.9% year on year, according to data released Monday by the Customs Department.
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The country's crude imports increased 16.1% year on year to 787,263 b/d in June, with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia as the major suppliers.
It imported 41,857 b/d of condensate in the month, up 65.8% year on year, all from Australia and the Philippines.
In the first half, the kingdom imported 956,302 b/d of crude and condensate, up nearly 13% year on year. Of the total, it imported 919,301 b/d of crude, up 12.7% year on year, and 37,000 b/d of condensate, up 20.8% from a year earlier.
Thailand produced 130,132 b/d of crude in the first five months, down 12.2% year on year, with sharp declines seen from three oilfields in the Gulf of Thailand -- the Tantawan (17,463 b/d, down 34.9% year on year), Songkhla (7,390 b/d, down 23.7% year on year) and Manora (6,819 b/d, down 14.3% year on year).
Its condensate output over January-May, however, increased 3.7% year on year to 97,691 b/d, with the major gains coming from two gas fields in the Gulf of Thailand -- Erawan (43,638 b/d, down 2% year on year) and Pailin (17,069 b/d, up 20% from a year earlier), according to data released July 12 by the Energy Policy and Planning Office.
Output data for June and the first six months is scheduled to be released next month.
Thailand currently has a total refinery capacity of 1.234 million b/d, unchanged from 2017, the data showed.
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