DHAKA: A South Korean government source has said that his country is close to a deal with Tehran to resume buying Iranian crude as soon as September.
South Korea, the fourth largest buyer of Iranian oil, stopped buying Iran’s crude in July because insurers, primarily based in London, had stopped covering tankers carrying Iranian oil.
The deal will require Iran to use its own tankers to transport the oil to the East Asian country, thereby shouldering the insurance risk, Tehran Times publishes the report on Thursday.
EU insurers underwrite most maritime shipping, and insurers elsewhere have been unable to offer cover for the billions of dollars in claims that could stem from a spill.
The deal is being struck between South Korean refiners and the National Iranian Tanker Company.
SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank are the only two South Korean refiners that import Iranian crude.
‘Refiners have requested Iran to deliver crude, and the deal is almost reached,’ a government source informed media.
BDST: 1625 HRS, AUG 9, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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