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Saudi to Supply Full Crude Allocations to Most Asian Refiners

Source: Reuters 9/11/2017, Location: Middle East

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Saudi Arabia will supply full contracted volumes of crude oil to at least five north Asian term buyers in October, while a sixth regional refiner was notified of cuts to its October Arab Extra Light supplies, sources familiar with the matter said.

The October allocations are in contrast to the steep cuts in the September allotments and reaffirms Saudi Arabia's desire to maintain its Asian market share. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest crude exporter.

Saudi Arabia is likely taking advantage of the lower refinery run rates and ample crude inventories in the United States in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, to redirect the allocation cuts from Asia to the United States, a trader who specialises in Middle East crude supplies said.

"Saudi allocations are all about the math. They can cut U.S. allocations and supply that to Asia," the trader added.

A source from the sixth Asian refiner said that its October supply of Arab Extra Light crude was cut by 10 percent, likely because of repair work in September at Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oilfield, which produces the grade.

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