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Med crude-Urals differentials soften in northwest Europe MOSCOW: Urals discounts to dated Brent widened further in northwest Europe on Wednesday partly in response to additional supplies being added to the December loading plan from Baltic ports. On Tuesday Gazpromneft has added an additional cargo to the Ust-Luga port loading plan on Dec. 28-29. Some traders said that a cargo of crude from small independent producers loading from Primorsk on Dec. 27-28 could be cancelled, but this was not confirmed. In the Platts window, Gunvor offered 100,000 tonnes of Urals loading from Primorsk or Ust-Luga on Dec. 27-31 at discount of $2.15 a barrel to BFOE, which was in line with recent assessments, but there were no takers. Vitol also offered 100,000 tonnes of Urals loading from Baltic ports on Dec. 26-30 at dated Brent minus $2.20 a barrel, but failed to find a buyer even though the level was about 5 cents below recent estimates. In Mediterranean, ...

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Oil prices fall on rising US crude stocks, 2017 overhang LONDON: Oil prices fell on Wednesday following a reported rise in US crude inventories and as OPEC signalled a growing crude surplus next year unless production cuts are implemented. International Brent crude futures were down 82 cents at $54.90 per barrel at 1334 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were down 92 cents at $52.06 a barrel. Traders said the price falls followed an industry report of surprise increases in US ...

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OPEC signals larger 2017 oil surplus, unless cuts implemented LONDON: OPEC on Wednesday signalled a growing oil supply surplus next year unless members implement their deal to curb output from record levels and outside producers also deliver on cutback pledges made at the weekend. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 33.87 million barrels per day (bpd) last month, according to figures OPEC collects from secondary sources, up 150,000 bpd from October, OPEC said in a monthly report. OPEC's own figures show the ...

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Poland's PKN says buys 1mn oil barrels from Iran WARSAW: Poland's biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen said on Wednesday it bought 1 million barrels of Iranian Light oil from National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). The state-run PKN, which mostly refines Russian oil, said that the Iranian oil will be delivered to Naftoport in Gdansk in January and then transported to PKN's refinery in Plock. "The processing of the feedstock most recently delivered from Iran will be a basis for further plans regarding supplies from ...

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West Africa Crude-Overhang lingers with new programmes due to emerge LONDON: Around 35-40 cargoes of Nigerian crude remained in January and around a dozen Angolan cargoes. Angola's February loading programme is expected to emerge on Friday followed by Nigeria's schedules early next week. Nigeria's lower house opened an investigation on Tuesday into an offshore oilfield owned by Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, the latest inquiry into their acquisition of the OPL 245 licence block which could hold up to 9.23 billion barrels of oil, according ...

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Eni clinches deal with Sonatrach on gas supply contract MILAN: Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with Algeria's Sonatrach over gas supplies for the gas year 2016-2017. No financial details were provided. Eni, the biggest foreign oil and gas operator in Africa, said the agreement covered almost 20 percent of the gas imported into Italy. "I am particularly pleased with the closing of the renegotiation on the gas supply contract and the level of the strategic ...

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Oil demand to grow more swiftly, too early to assess global output cut LONDON: Global oil demand will rise more strongly than expected next year, although it is too soon to assess fully the impact of a joint cut in supply by the world's largest producers, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday. In its monthly oil market report, the IEA said revisions to its estimate of Chinese and Russian consumption had prompted it to raise its forecast for global oil demand growth this year by 120,000 barrels ...