The UAE (effectively Abu Dhabi) cemented its position as top crude supplier to Thailand in 2018. Average volumes of 361,000 b/d were up 14.5% on 2017 though still down on 2013’s record 444,000 b/d.

Of Thailand’s record 1.12mn b/d crude imports, almost 1/3 (32.2%) came from the UAE, up from 30.2% for 2017. For December Thailand took 448,000 b/d from the UAE, the highest since September 2016 (see chart 1 and MEES, 25 January for full data). (CONTINUED - 887 WORDS)