Middle East Crude-Benchmarks edge up; ESPO premium weakens

Middle East crude benchmarks Oman and Dubai edged up on Tuesday

  

SINGAPORE- Middle East crude benchmarks Oman and Dubai edged up on Tuesday, while Asia's spot differentials of condensate improved from last month thanks to strong naphtha and gasoline cracks. LDIS/A

November-loading Qatar Marine crude was traded at spot discounts of around 10-20 cents a barrel to its official selling price (OSP), traders said.

November-loading Qatari Low Sulphur Condensate (LSC) was traded at discounts of around $2.5 a barrel to Dubai quotes to Korean and Indian buyers, traders said.

October-loading Basra Heavy crude was heard to have been traded at a premium of 50-60 cents to its OSP, traders said.

ASIA-PACIFIC CRUDE: CRU/TENDA

November-loading Malaysian Labuan crude was traded at a range of minus/plus around 50 cents to dated Brent, traders said.

Vietnam's PV Oil has sold two 300,000-barrel cargoes of Chim Sao crude via a spot tender. The first cargo, loading Nov. 3-7, was sold to Exxon Mobil at a discount of around $1 to dated Brent, while the second cargo, loading Nov. 24-28, was sold at a small premium to dated Brent to domestic Binh Son refinery, traders said.

Santos has sold one cargo of East Timor's Bayu Undan condensate, loading Nov. 19-23, at a discount of around $2-$2.5 a barrel to dated Brent to Exxon Mobil, higher than the level seen last month, traders said.

More details emerged for Santos' tender of a Pyrenees cargo loading Nov. 17-21. Trading house Petro Summit bought the cargo at a premium of above $5 to dated Brent, traders said.

November-loading Australian North West Shelf condensate has been traded at spot discounts to dated Brent, but further details were not yet clear.

RUSSIAN CRUDE:

Spot premiums for Russian ESPO Blend crude weakened to around 50 cents to Dubai quotes after Gazprom Neft sold a cargo, loading Nov. 3-13, at that level via a spot tender on Monday, likely to ChemChina, traders said, down from premiums of 80-90 cents a barrel seen in a Surgut tender last week. 

Gazprom Neft is selling one 1,000,000-barrel ESPO cargo, loading Nov. 19-29, via a tender on Tuesday.

Rosneft will not issue spot tenders for ESPO crude this month due to tight supplies, traders said.

REFINERY

Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country's largest refiner, is reviewing its refinery expansion plans because of a gradual rise in use of cleaner fuels and changing demand patterns in Asia's third-largest economy, its chairman said. 

Global oil refiners reeling from months of lackluster demand and an abundance of inventories are cutting fuel production into the autumn because the recovery in demand from the impact of coronavirus has stalled, according to executives, refinery workers and industry analysts. 

NEWS

OPEC and its allies are watching efforts to resume oil output in Libya very closely, OPEC sources said on Monday, although producers should wait to see if there is a sustainable restart before reacting. 

India's crude oil imports declined in August, albeit at a slower pace, as soaring coronavirus cases continued to hit mobility and slowed economic recovery, government data showed on Monday.

After extreme oil volatility that provided traders with bumper profits in the first half of the year, the market is now stuck in a lower gear, fatigued by the realities of COVID-19.

(Reporting by Shu Zhang; Editing by Shailesh Kuber) ((shu.zhang@thomsonreuters.com; +65-6870-3549; Reuters Messaging: Twitter @shuzhang4))

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