Turkey's total oil imports decreased by 18.5% to 2.44 million tonnes in February compared to the same month of 2020, according to data of Turkey's energy watchdog on Wednesday.
Crude oil imports, the category with the highest oil import volume, reduced by 32.6% during that period to 1.56 million tonnes, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) said in its monthly oil market report.
In February, Turkey imported the highest amount of oil from Iraq at 737,593 tonnes. Russia and Kazakhstan followed with 573,194 tonnes and 433,456 tonnes, respectively.
The falling demand for oil products as a result of restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic reduced the country's overall oil import volumes.
Oil refinery product exports decreased by 19.1% to 634,694 tonnes and oil refinery product output also declined by 25% to 2.02 million tonnes in February. While diesel production was down by 25.5% to 925,692 tonnes, gasoline production decreased by nearly 42.4% to 215,265 tonnes.
Total domestic oil product sales in February decreased by 5.2% to 1.99 million tonnes compared to the same month of 2020.
By Nuran Erkul Kaya