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Taiwan’s April Oil Imports Fall as Formosa Halts Crude Unit

May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan, which imports more than 99 percent of its crude requirements, purchased less of the fuel in April after Formosa Petrochemical Corp. halted a unit for scheduled maintenance.

Shipments fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 26.98 million barrels, the Ministry of Finance said in Taipei today. The island’s April oil bill dropped 21 percent to $2.92 billion, the ministry said in a statement.

Formosa Petrochemical, Taiwan’s only publicly traded oil refiner, shut its No. 1 crude distillation unit in mid-March for 50 days of maintenance, Lin Keh-yen, a company spokesman, said April 11. The refinery’s April sales fell 21 percent from year earlier, the company said in a statement yesterday.

To contact the reporters on this story: Yu-huay Sun in Taipei at ysun7@bloomberg.net or Argin Chang Taipei achang153@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net

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