China has issued the first batch of crude oil import quotas for 2023, mainly to independent refiners, four sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The volume issued is about 20 million tonnes (146 million barrels), one source said, nearly three months earlier than usual, in an attempt to encourage refiners to boost production. China’s Ministry of Commerce did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment. Demand for the quotas will depend on refining economics, said a senior executive with one of the refiners involved. “Refiners may still choose to use the new quotas next year as margins are not that encouraging. So the impact on the crude oil market might be muted,” he said. Last month, Beijing issued a […]