UPDATE 2-SK Energy International to import two cargoes of U.S. condensates -chief

jueves 28 de mayo de 2015 06:40 GYT

* Two cargoes to follow U.S. condensate imports of last year

* Actively considering Iranian condensate imports

* If sanctions lifted, looking to import Iranian fuel oil (Adds Mexican crude import)

By Meeyoung Cho

SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters) - South Korea's SK Energy International will import two cargoes of U.S. condensate over the next two months and is also looking at shipments of the light crude from Iran as part of efforts to diversify its sourcing, its top executive said on Thursday.

"We need more condensate," said chief executive and president Hyung-kun Kim, and more options to source the ultra-light crude other than just from main supplier Qatar.

SK Energy International, a trading arm of refiner SK Energy , will take two 450,000-barrel cargoes of U.S. condensate, one each in June and July, and is "actively considering" imports from Iran, Kim told reporters in a press meeting.

Exports of condensate from the United States resumed in 2014 thanks to the softening of a 40-year export ban on crude, and SK Energy imported one cargo last year, Kim noted.

For the June and July imports, SK Energy has already bought two U.S. condensate cargoes from Mitsui & Co, traders said. Reuters shipping data shows one loaded on May 2 onboard tanker Hafnia Australia and is expected to arrive at Ulsan in early June.   Continuación...