LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Spot activity was muted on
Wednesday as traders weighed up Nigeria’s December loading
programmes, which have just emerged.
* Angola’s state firm Sonangol was offering cargoes of
Pazflor, Mondo and Gimboa. A final version of the December
loading programme is expected by the end of the week.
* At the end of last week, Repsol was said to have placed a
cargo of Congolese N’Kossa at its refinery in Peru in a rare
* Freight rates for VLCCs from West Africa to Asia have
stabilised at around WorldScale (WS) 100 over the last week,
down well over 100 points from the record-high rates hit after
the U.S. placed sanctions on subsidiaries of China’s COSCO.
* India’s IOC did not award last week’s tender and has
instead issued two new ones. IOC is seeking West African crude
for Dec. 10-19 and Dec. 14-23 loading. The tenders close on Oct.
* India’s HPCL closed a buy tender for three VLCCs of crude
loading in the first quarter of next year. Winner details have
yet to be announced.
* OPEC and its allies will consider whether to deepen cuts
to crude supply when they next meet in December due to worries
about weak demand growth in 2020, sources from the oil-producing
(Reporting by Julia Payne; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Jan