*South Korea imported 2.91mn b/d of crude in 2019, down 3.7% on 2018 and a 4-year low.
*The country’s top three Mideast suppliers all lost market share. The region’s overall share of the Korea market fell to 70.8% for 2019 and 67.0% for Q3 – the lowest figures in well over a decade. Of key Asian importers, Korea has been the most successful in diversifying away from the Gulf (MEES, 10 January). Opec’s 66.5% 2019 market share was also the lowest on record. (CONTINUED - 378 WORDS)