As Yemen’s ongoing conflict continues unabated, the war-torn country continues to export modest volumes of crude, with 38,000 b/d exported in Q2 this year. Of this, Yemen’s most frequent buyer China took 34,000 b/d (see chart) – 67,000 b/d in June to be precise. Austria also imported one cargo through Italy’s Trieste port which was payment to OMV, operator of Block S2 in central Yemen (MEES, 21 June).

Yemen’s crude sector is in something of a state of flux at...