W. Africa Crude-Sonangol sells Dalia; Angolan market strong

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LONDON, Aug 22 – Angolan crude differentials held firm on Tuesday supported by strong refining margins and robust demand, while visible offers of Nigerian barrels edged lower.

* State oil company Sonangol on Monday sold a Dalia cargo for loading Oct. 10-11 to China’s CNOOC, traders said. The cargo was offered at dated Brent plus 15 cents, which is an unusually strong level for Dalia. By comparison, in early June, a cargo was offered at dated minus $1.10.

* Sonangol continued to offer two other October-loading cargoes on Tuesday: a Gimboa at dated Brent plus 30 cents and a cargo of Saturno at dated Brent plus 15 cents.

* The October loading programmes for most grades point to exports of about 1.72 million barrels per day (bpd), compared with 1.88 million bpd in September.

* Vitol offered a cargo of Qua Iboe on a delivered basis at dated Brent plus $2.40 via Platts and withdrew the offer, which was lower than a similar offer on Monday.

* Indian Oil Corp is running a tender to buy West African crude loading Oct. 10-12. The first part closed on Aug. 22 and the second part on Aug. 23 with validity until Aug. 24.

* Another Indian refiner, BPCL, is looking for 1 million barrels of Nigerian crude for October loading in a tender that closed on Aug. 22. No result has emerged as yet. (Reporting by Alex Lawler; Editing by David Goodman) ))

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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