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U.S. to sell 32 million bbls from 4 sites as part of strategic sale

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an oil storage facility, is seen in this aerial photograph over Freeport, Texas, U.S., April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

By Florence Tan and Arathy S Nair

(Reuters) -The United States will sell 32 million barrels of crude from four Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) sites to be delivered between late-December and April 2022, the Department of Energy (DOE) said as it auctions oil to try to lower global prices.

International oil prices have held above $80 a barrel even after U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced on Tuesday it will release millions of barrels of oil from strategic reserves https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/us-set-unveil-emergency-oil-release-bid-fight-high-prices-2021-11-23 in coordination with Britain, China, India, South Korea and Japan.

However, traders said they expected the sale of SPR oil, which is mainly blended sour, or high-sulphur, crude, will depress the value of U.S. sour crude grades, such as Mars and Southern Green Canyon, and benefit buyers in Asia, which processes mainly high-sulphur oil.

In the first auction of the coordinated release, about 10 million barrels will be made available from Big Hill and Bryan Mound in Texas, about 7 million barrels from West Hackberry in Louisiana and another 5 million barrels from Bayou Choctaw in Louisiana, the DOE said on its website.

Deliveries will take place January through April 2022, with early deliveries accepted in late December, it added.

Buyers will have to return the oil at later dates between 2022 and 2024, the DOE said.

Companies are required to submit bids on Dec. 6 and contracts will be awarded no later than Dec. 14.

One trader speaking on condition of anonymity said, spread over four months, the release equated to a steady 270,000 barrels per day stream of medium sour grades providing direct competition to Mars.

The quality of crude to be released will have API gravity of 31 to 33 degrees, the trader said, adding it was “very good news” for Asian buyers of Mars.

The grade, already valued at around minus $3.50 per barrel versus WTI on Wednesday, is expected to weaken further.

South Korea is a leading buyer of Mars crude in Asia while China has purchased the grade whenever the arbitrage window is open.

The prompt WTI monthly spread has also flipped into contango after the SPR announcement, which makes it economic for traders to ship the oil over long distances as its value increases over time.

The DOE will also announce the sale for up to 18 million barrels of SPR crude no sooner than Dec. 17.

The winners of a regular, legally required U.S. SPR sale in September of 20 million barrels of crude were: Atlantic Trading & Marketing Inc, an arm of French company TotalEnergies, Chevron (NYSE:) USA, ExxonMobil (NYSE:) Oil Corp, Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:) Supply and Trading, Motiva Enterprises, Phillips 66 (NYSE:) Co, Unipec America Inc and Valero Marketing and Supply Co.

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U.S. could change timing of oil stockpile release if prices drop -official

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U.S. could change timing of oil stockpile release if prices drop -official
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an oil storage facility, is seen in this aerial photograph over Freeport, Texas, U.S., April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

By Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration could adjust the timing of its planned release of strategic stockpiles if global energy prices drop substantially, U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk told Reuters on Wednesday.

Turk, speaking in a video interview for the Reuters Next conference https://reutersevents.com/events/next to be broadcast later on Wednesday, added that other consumer nations that had agreed to release strategic reserves in concert with the United States to tame prices could also adjust their timing if needed.

“I think each country will make decisions based on what’s useful and good for their consumers and based on where the price is,” he said.

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U.S. oil pares gains after weekly fuel stockpiles jump

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Richard Carson/File Photo

By Arathy Somasekhar

(Reuters) -West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures pared gains on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed a bigger-than-expected weekly rise in gasoline and distillate inventories amid a new coronavirus variant triggering fresh travel restrictions that could dampen oil demand.

WTI was trading $2.4, or 3.6%, higher at $68.59 a barrel at 11:19 a.m. ET (1619 GMT), after paring some gains immediately after the weekly government stock data. They were up as much as 4% earlier in the session.

Global benchmark was up $2.5, or 3.6%, at $71.75 a barrel.

Both contracts had earlier retraced some of their gains after an OPEC+ document showed the group forecasting a bigger oil surplus in the new year than previously thought.

U.S. gasoline stocks rose 4 million barrels last week to 215.4 million barrels, government data showed, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for 29,000-barrel rise. Distillate stockpiles increased 2.2 million barrels to 123.9 million barrels, versus expectations for a 462,000-barrel build. [EIA/S]

Crude inventories fell 910,000 barrels in the week, data showed, compared with forecasts for a 1.2 million-barrel drop.

Both Brent and WTI front-month contracts in November posted their steepest monthly falls in percentage terms since March 2020, down 16% and 21% respectively.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) called the plunge in oil prices “excessive,” saying “the market has far overshot the likely impact of the latest variant on oil demand with the structural repricing higher due to the dramatic change in the oil supply reaction function still ahead of us.”

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries met on Wednesday ahead of a meeting on Thursday of OPEC+, which groups OPEC with allies including Russia.

OPEC+ sees the oil surplus growing to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, 3.4 million bpd in February and 3.8 million bpd in March next year, an internal report seen by Reuters showed.

Some analysts expect OPEC+ to pause plans to add 400,000 bpd of supply in January.

“There is much to suggest that OPEC+ will not initially step up its oil production any further in an effort to maintain current prices at around $70/bbl,” PVM analyst Stephen Brennock said.

“OPEC+ have erred on the side of caution since it began slowly boosting supplies and a decision to shelve a planned increase output in January and keep its quota flat comports with its cautious approach.”

Several OPEC+ ministers, though, have said there is no need to change course.

But even if OPEC+ agrees to go ahead with its planned supply increase in January, producers may struggle to add that much.

A Reuters survey found OPEC pumped 27.74 million bpd in November, up 220,000 bpd from the previous month, but that was below the 254,000 bpd increase allowed for OPEC members under the OPEC+ agreement.

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U.S. Oil Stockpiles Fell By 910,000 Barrels Last Week: EIA

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U.S. Oil Stockpiles Fell By 910,000 Barrels Last week: EIA
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By Sam Boughedda

Investing.com — Investing.com — U.S. oil stockpiles fell less than expected last week, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

Crude inventories dropped by 910,000 barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for a draw of 1.237 million barrels.

Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and , rose 2.16 million barrels in the week against expectations for a build of 462,000 barrels, the EIA data showed.

Gasoline inventories rose 4.029 million barrels last week, the EIA said, compared with expectations for a build of 29,000 barrels.

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