SUPPLY OF PETROLEUM TO CUBA JANUARY - JUNE 1964 (RR CB 64-51)

Created: 7/1/1964

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oreillion tons* of crude oil and petroleum products, equivalentatearrels per day (bpd),were imported into Cuba during theonths4n increase of aboutercent above that of the same period3 but only slightly more than in the first half2 (see the table). Imports thus tar this year had an estimated value ofillion,orercent of the value of all goods estimated to have been imported into Cuba during the period. The USSR continues to supply quantities of crude oilull range of petroleum products adequate to meet Cuba's basicrequirements. Cuba, however, alsoew small ship-ments of products from Rumaniamall shipment of lubricants from Western Europe. Domestic production of crude oil continues to represent an insignificant share of Cuba's supply of petroleum.

I. Crude Oil

Imports of crude oil represented about three-fourths of allimported into Cuba during the first half4 and amounted to

million tonsmall changehe imports of crudetheonths Such imports, equivalentpd. are sufficient to run the Cuban refineries at morepercent of estimated capacity.

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Products.,

Imports of petroleum products during4 amountedonsore than the total of all petroleum productsin all Imports of fuel oil roseons in the first half3ons in the first half4 ands oil from almost nothingons but imports of high-grade motor gasoline droppedons. This shift in theof imports of products, which began inis attributable to

* Tonnages are given in metric tons throughout this publication. ** Rubles were convened to US dollars at the nominal rate of exchange of0 ruble to

the resumption of operation of the catalytic cracking unit at the former ESSO..refinery in Havana-*

^Those products that are not manufactured in Cuban refineriesimported4 at about the same rate as during theears. 0 tons of lubricants imported during the first4ull range of products adequate in quality and quantity.to meet essential requirements for lubricants. Imports of aviation gasoline and jet fuel amounted toonsons, respectively. The demand for these products apparently has not changed substantially during theears, and it is expected that imports of aircraft fuels4 will be about the same as in. earlier years.

3. Shipping Pattern .

Almost three-fourths of the petroleum imported during4 was shipped in Bloc tankers, compared with two-thirds in the same period Ashipments from Black Sea ports 'accounted for aboutercent of the import^during the period, with the remainder originating in Baltic Sea ports.

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* The restoration of the catalytic cracking unit had tlie generaldecreasing the output of fuel oil and diesel fuel and increasingof high-grade motor gasoline- Logically, imports of thesewould bc increased to offset the decline in local output- forexplanation of the effect of the operation of the catalyticnn *hp comoosition of imports of petroleum products to Cuba,Significant Developments in the Cuban Petroleum

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