Taiwan, which imports almost all its crude oil, cut purchases in July after a refiner halted a facility and another lowered operations at a unit.
Shipments fell 15 percent from a year earlier to 22.6 million barrels last month, the Ministry of Finance said in Taipei today. The nation’s July oil bill declined 12 percent to $2.33 billion, the ministry said in a statement.
CPC Corp., the bigger of Taiwan’s two oil refiners, halted a residue desulfurizer in Kaohsiung on May 27 after a fire, while Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (6505) cut operations at a Mailiao gasoline unit because of a glitch.
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