17 August 2011 19:30 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Imports of crude oil through the p?xml:namespace>
Four of the ten larger European refineries that purchase crude oil via
Rotterdam's overall first-half incoming and outgoing liquid bulk throughput fell 7% year on year to 97m tonnes.
Throughput of mineral oil products fell 9% year on year to 35m tonnes in the first six months amid weak demand.
An exception to the downward trend in liquid bulk was chemical feedstock naphtha, which saw a 20% year-on-year increase in first-half throughput. In addition, methanol and benzene throughputs also rose, the agency said.
“The chemical industry is performing well and remains stable,” the authority said.
Overall first-half cargos handled by the port saw only “light growth” of 1%, to 215m tonnes. Incoming cargos rose 2% year on year to 153.5m tonnes while outgoing cargos fell 1% to 61.5m tonnes.
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