|24 December, 2019

Qatar Petroleum to start pricing its crude grades on forward basis in February

Middle East sour crude grades are typically traded two months forward in the Asia market

DUBAI- Qatar Petroleum will start pricing its crude oil grades of Qatar marine and Qatar land on a prospective pricing basis in February 2020, the company said on Tuesday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters.

QP currently prices the two grades on a retroactive basis but will move this to forward pricing, a more popular approach used by other Middle East crude exporters such as Saudi Arabia that better matches the trading cycle of crude.

The new step will improve the overall competitiveness of Qatar Marine and Qatar Land, and allow existing and new customers to make better comparisons between the Qatari crude grades and other grades, QP said.

By changing the pricing methodology QP is following the United Arab Emirates' Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC), which in November introduced a new pricing mechanism for its flagship Murban crude.

ADNOC said it expected to implement its new Murban forward pricing mechanism between the second and third quarters of 2020 

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation also said on Tuesday it would change its Asia crude oil pricing marker effective Feb. 1. 

It said it believed Kuwait's crude pricing should reflect evolving oil market fundamentals and dynamics to service its customers. Middle East sour crude grades are typically traded two months forward in the Asia market, meaning that next year's March-loading crude cargoes will be traded in January.

(Reporting by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Himani Sarkar/Louise Heavens/Jane Merriman) ((dahlia.nehme@thomsonreuters.com;))

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