Saudi Arabia notifies Japan’s biggest refiner of possible changes in oil supplies after attacks

Saudi state oil firm Aramco has told Japan’s top oil distributor about a possible change in shipment, raising concern about Riyadh’s ability to supply crude oil a week after attacks on two huge oil processing facilities, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

Aramco did not say why it wants to change the oil grade it supplies to JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy from light to heavy and medium, starting in October, JXTG officials stated.

JXTG officials noted that they suspect that Aramco is taking more time than expected to repair its desulfurization facility, which is necessary to produce light-grade crude used in the production of gasoline and light gas oil, despite repeated assurances that the company’s supply would be restored soon.