W. Africa Crude-Nigeria’s March exports surface, Angolan allocations begin

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LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s March loading plans began to surface on Thursday, while Angola’s Sonangol began allocating cargoes from its own export plan. Spot trading was limited as a result.

NIGERIA
* March export plans for several oil grades, with Qua Iboe set to fall on a barrel-per-day term.

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* Exports of Bonga were set at 153,000 bpd and Erha at 92,000 bpd, while Equatorial Guinea’s Zafiro will include two 1 million barrel cargoes.

* Exxon had offered Zafiro at a 40 cent premium to dated Brent.

* Official selling prices from Nigeria’s NNPC were expected within the coming day.

* Roughly 20 February-loading cargoes were still available, including Escravos, Erha, Bonny Light and Qua Iboe.

ANGOLA
* Angola’s Sonangol had begun allocating crude from its March export programme, traders said, but had not yet offered its own cargoes.

* Angola plans to export 49 cargoes or about 1.52 million bpd of oil in March, down from the February level of 1.58 million bpd.

* Some other sellers had begun to offer cargoes, with ExxonMobil showing Dalia at a $1 discount to dated Brent, Saxi at a 60 cent premium, Kissanje at a 70 cent premium and CLOV at an 80 cent premium.

* Around five February-loading cargoes had yet to trade, including Nemba, Kissanje and Saturno.

TENDERS
* Traders said Vitol had won a tender to supply Uruguay’s Ancap with a cargo of Angola’s Nemba oil delivered in March.

* India’s HPCL and Taiwan’s CPC were also running tenders to buy crude oil.

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* Nigeria moved closer to turning the first part of a long-awaited oil industry bill into law after the lower house passed the same version of the legislation approved by the Senate last year, a lawmaker in the House of Representatives said on Thursday. (Reporting by Libby George; Editing by Adrian Croft) ))

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