PTT: Ukraine crisis won't threaten energy supplies
Company prepared to step up imports and reserves to ensure economic activity won't be affected
published : 5 Mar 2022 at 15:18
writer: Online Reporters
The national oil and gas conglomerate PTT Plc has assured that the country will have sufficient energy to support economic activity in the face of possible impact from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
PTT Group has been closely monitoring events and is prepared to increase both crude and refined oil supplies as needed, chief executive Auttapol Rerkpiboon said in a statement released on Friday.
The company, he said, has been working with its refineries to maintain oil reserves at the highest level, storing about 95 million litres of oil imported from the US in tanks at Sri Racha in Chon Buri. It is coordinating efforts with its partner networks to secure at least 160 million litres of crude, more than normal levels.
All told, PTT aims to bring around 320 million litres of internationally traded oil into the country to bolster national energy security, said Mr Auttapol.
The Middle East accounts for 55% of the country’s crude oil imports, which averaged 787,469 barrels per day (bpd) in the first half of 2021. Russia accounted for just 24,078 bpd or 3% of the total, according to data from S&P Global.
Concerns have been expressed about the impact of the Ukraine crisis on shipping, but Mr Auttapol said PTT would make use of vessel tracking to ensure deliveries stayed on track. Tanks have also been prepared to store more oil, with the aim of increasing reserves by at least 640 million litres, he added.
The country has about 3.2 billion litres of crude in stock and another 1.46 billion litres en route for delivery, along with 1.67 billion litres of refined oil, Energy Ministry permanent secretary Kulit Sombatsiri said recently.
The reserves are projected to be sufficient to meet demand for at least two months, he added.
PTT Group is also preparing to acquire more refined oil, including temporarily suspending diesel exports and importing an average of 30 million litres of gasoline per month.
If demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) increases, the company is ready to procure supplies on the spot market to ensure sufficient supplies, said Mr Auttapol.