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Hyundai Oilbank

Hyundai Oilbank

Industry: 
Energy
Value of USG Contracts: 
185
Country: 
South Korea
Sources: 

 Hyundai Oil Bank is a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries.

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“South Korea's crude imports from Iran surged 104 percent in February from a year earlier as refiners hiked purchases ahead of maintenance shutdown starting from March, according to the country's customs data and a refining source. South Korea imported 1.1 million tonnes of Iranian crude last month, or 294,069 barrels per day (bpd), up 4.5 times from January and double from a year earlier, preliminary customs data showed on Saturday…’The two refiners had to hike the imports ahead of maintenance shutdown starting from March. Before and after the maintenance, refiners usually import more to meet annual import contracts,’ a Seoul-based refining source told Reuters. Of four South Korean refiners, SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank are the only ones that buy Iranian oil on a regular basis. Their Iranian crude imports can vary from month to month as one of the two refiners that buy from the OPEC receives the oil only every other month. SK Energy will shut a 260,000 bpd No. 5 crude distillation unit (CDU) and a 57,000-bpd No.1 gasoline-making unit in the second quarter for maintenance, a spokesman at parent SK Innovation Co Ltd said. Hyundai Oilbank will shut its No.1 110,000-bpd CDU in April for maintenance, it said last month.” (Reuters, “S.Korea Feb Iran oil imports soar ahead of shutdown," 3/15/14)

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"South Korea's Iranian crude imports fell in October from September, meeting a targetted 15 percent cut in its shipments from the OPEC member for the June-November period to secure an extension of its six-month U.S. sanctions waiver…outh Korea imported 420,402 tonnes of Iranian crude last month, or 99,405 barrels per day (bpd), down more than a quarter compared with September and down nearly a half from a year earlier, preliminary customs data showed on Friday…The total means South Korea met the 125,814 bpd it aims to achieve in its imports from Iran in the six months through November…South Korea's Iranian crude imports vary from month to month as one of the two Korean refiners that buys from Iran receives oil only every other month, according to industry sources. The imports unexpectedly jumped in July from the year-earlier period before dropping off again in August. SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank are the only South Korean refiners that take Iranian oil on a regular basis. South Korea, the world's fifth-largest crude buyer, imported a total of 10.7 million tonnes of crude last month against 11.1 million tonnes in October 2012, data from the Korea Customs Service also showed on Friday." (Reuters, "S.Korea's Oct Iran oil imports drop, meet target," 11/15/13)

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"South Korean refiners SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank are the only two in the country to import Iranian crude. Spokesmen at both refiners declined to comment". (Reuters, "South Korea Pledges 15 Percent Cut to Iran Oil Imports," 06/24/13)

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"Its two buyers of Iranian crude, refiners SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank, are shutting a combined 560,000 bpd of refinery capacity for planned maintenance between March and June." (Reuters, "UPDATE 1-S.Korea's Iran crude imports for March down 16.2 pct y/y," 4/22/2013) 

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"South Korean refiners SK Innovation Co. and Hyundai Oilbank Co. resumed shipments after Iran offered its own vessels." (Bloomberg, "South Korea’s Oil Imports From Iran Rise 24% From a Year Earlier," 1/14/2013)

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"South Korean refiners will cut imports of Iranian crude during the six months to May by about a fifth from a year earlier, to avoid sanctions by Washington, government and industry sources told Reuters on Monday. Last week the United States granted 180-day waivers on Iran sanctions to China, India, South Korea and some other countries after they cut oil purchases from the Islamic Republic . . . South Korea, the world's fifth largest importer of crude, and one of Iran's biggest oil customers, gave the assurance on the size of the cuts in talks with the United States following discussions with Korean refiners, the sources said. Such a cut would imply South Korean imports of about 147,814 barrels per day (bpd) over the period to next May, since the country imported 184,767 bpd of Iranian crude from December 2011 to May 2012. Two refiners, SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank, now import about 200,000 barrels per day of crude from Iran." (Reuters, "South Korea to cut Iran crude imports 20 percent," 12/10/12)

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"Hyundai Oilbank Co. operates a 395,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Daesan." (Bloomberg, "Iran Oil Tanker Signals for Daesan as Korea Continues Importing," 11/6/2012)

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"An Iranian supertanker is heading to South Korea with a cargo of oil, according to shipping data, as the Islamic republic uses state-owned tankers to make deliveries in response to sanctions over its nuclear program. The Brawny, a very large crude carrier that can take on 2 million barrels of oil, left the Iranian port of Kharg Island yesterday and is provisionally scheduled to discharge its cargo at Daesan in South Korea, according to transmissions captured by IHS Inc. (IHS) on Bloomberg. National Iranian Tanker Co. owns the vessel. Hyundai Oilbank Co. operates a 395,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Daesan." (Bloomberg, "Iran Seen Sending Own Supertanker to Deliver Oil to South Korea," 10/5/12)

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"Another refiner, Hyundai Oilbank, will lift two million barrels in Iran by the end of the month, the government source said." (Reuters, "S.Korea's SK Energy lifts 2nd Iran crude cargo-source," 9/26/2012)

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"South Korean refiners will resume imports of up to 200,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude from September, economy ministry sources said on Monday, ending a two-month gap due to a European Union ban on insurance cover for Iranian oil . . . Total imports envisaged at resumption will be six million barrels per month, or 200,000 bpd. SK Energy will import four million barrels per month and Hyundai Oilbank will import two million barrels per month, the economy ministry source added. This is the volume refiners agreed in term contracts with Iran for this year." (Reuters, "S.Korea to resume Iran oil imports from Sept -econ min sources," 8/20/12)

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"South Korean refiners plan to resume buying crude from Iran in September after a two-month hiatus due to a European Union embargo that made shipping the oil difficult, government and refining sources said on Wednesday. The refiners have, like their Chinese and Indian counterparts, asked Iran to deliver crude on Iranian tankers, government and industry sources said. This shifts the responsibility to Iran for insurance, sidestepping a ban in the EU on insurers from covering Iranian shipments . . . . South Korean refiners and the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) are close to finalising a deal that would allow loading to resume from September, sources said.'Refiners have requested Iran to deliver crude, and the deal is almost reached,' a government source with direct knowledge of the matter said . . . Two refining sources confirmed the request had been made to NITC. SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank are the only two South Korean refiners that import Iranian crude. The refiners would buy a similar quantity of oil as they had prior to the July stoppage, sources said. There may be some variance month by month due to the size of vessels available for imports from NITC, one refining source said." (Reuters, "S.Korea to resume buying Iranian crude in Sept," 8/8/12)

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"There's a 'high chance' that South Korea will resume importing Iranian crude oil in the near future, Minister of Knowledge Economy Hong Sukwoo said Thursday…Iranian officials have since offered accident insurance coverage worth a maximum of $1 billion on Iranian tankers shipping crude oil to South Korea, a Hyundai Oilbank official said earlier this month.

Hyundai Oilbank and SK Energy, the two South Korean refiners that imported Iranian crude, are considering Iran's offer to provide shipping services, officials from both companies have said…South Korea usually imports around 10% of its crude-oil requirements from Iran, but that percentage declined to 7.4% in the first six months of this year." (Dow Jones, "S Korea Oil Imports to Iran Seen Restarting," 7/26/12)

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"Iranian officials have offered accident insurance coverage worth a maximum of $1 billion for Iranian tankers shipping Iranian crude oil to South Korea, a Hyundai Oilbank official, who declined to be named, said Wednesday. Hyundai Oilbank and SK Innovation (096770.SE), which fully owns the nation's other refiner, SK Energy, are considering Iran's offer, officials from both companies said. Both companies imported crude oil from Iran until European Union sanctions that took effect July 1 effectively cut off insurance on Iranian crude shipments July 1 . . . The South Korean refiners are considering using the ships of NITC, or National Iranian Tanker Co., they said. Hyundai Oilbank is negotiating the details--including the offer of insurance and the number of monthly shipments--with Iranian officials, the Hyundai Oilbank official said. An agreement may be reached by the end of the month, he said. Meanwhile, Hyundai Oilbank is waiting for the government, which apparently finds the Iranian proposal 'acceptable,' to give it its official blessing, he said. A government official who asked not to be identified told Dow Jones Newswires earlier this week that government officials were leaning toward accepting the Iranian insurance proposal but that it was 'too early to say' whether it would be approved." (Nasdaq, "Iran Offers $1 Billion Insurance on Tankers to S Korea," 7/18/12)

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"South Korea became the first major Asian consumer of Iranian crude to announce a halt to imports after the government said they would be suspended from July 1 due to a European Union ban on insuring tankers carrying Iranian oil . . . Of South Korea's four refiners, only SK Energy and Hyundai Oilbank import Iranian crude. Sources said both refiners will stop importing from Iran when the EU insurance embargo takes effect from July 1." (Reuters, "South Korea to halt Iran oil imports as EU ban bites," 6/25/12)

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 "South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank, a heavy user of Iranian crude, postponed its planned $2 billion initial public offering on Friday due to the euro zone crisis, and ahead of a pending suspension of Iran crude imports on western sanctions…'The withdrawal has been widely expected in the market. Hyundai will be dealt the biggest blow should Iran oil imports be suspended because it has the highest portion of Iranian oil imports among local peers,' said Lee Jeong-heon, an analyst at Hana Daetoo Securities…Hyundai Oilbank is South Korea's biggest Iran oil buyer, sourcing around 20 percent of its total imports from Iran, higher than the country's 2011 average of 10 percent." (Reuters, "Iran crude buyer Hyundai Oilbank drops $2 billion IPO plan," 6/15/12)

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"Last month, industry sources said the only other South Korean refinery that buys Iranian crude, Hyundai Oil Bank, would stop imports from June... SK Energy had agreed to import 130,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude this year under a long-term supply deal, while Hyundai Oilbank had agreed to import 70,000 bpd." (Reuters, "Exclusive: South Korea poised to halt Iran oil imports from July: sources," 5/21/2012)
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"SEOUL, March 29 (Reuters) - South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank is delaying plans for an initial public offer worth up to $2 billion, partly on investor concerns over its links to Iran, sources said, the second big Asian IPO to be snagged by Western sanctions against Tehran.  Hyundai Oilbank, a heavy user of Iranian crude, is controlled by Hyundai Heavy Industries which initially aimed to list it in South Korea as early as May but is now looking at the second half of the year, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.  The delay follows the postponement of another Iran-linked IPO planned for Hong Kong and reflects widening fallout from the U.S.-led sanctions against Iran." (Reuters, "Hyundai Oilbank to delay $2bln IPO amid Iran sanctions - sources" 3/29/12)
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"Hyundai Oilbank, the only other South Korean refiner that buys Iranian crude, will import 70,000 bpd in 2012, unchanged from 2011, a Hyundai spokesman said on Wednesday... Hyundai is making contingency plans for any disruption in the flow, the spokesman said." (Reuters, "S.Korea buys more Iran oil but eyes alternatives," 1/4/2012)
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"In 2009 Iran exported 81,446 bpd of crude to South Korea, 12 percent up versus the previous year, while maintaining its rank as South Korea's fourth-largest crude supplier after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait, according to the data from Korea National Oil Corp.  South Korea's top refiners which buy Iranian crude include SK Energy (096770.KS) and Hyundai Oilbank." (Reuters, Iran's crude export and fuel import customers, 4/13/2010)