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Kuwait issues official selling price for new Super Light crude oil grade: sources

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  • Ada Taib    Takeo Kumagai
  • Editor
  • Alisdair Bowles
  • Commodity
  • Oil

Singapore — Kuwait Petroleum Corp has issued official selling prices for its new Super Light crude grade, industry sources said Wednesday.

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The OSP is benchmarked against the average of Platts Oman and Platts Dubai assessments, they added.

KPC set the OSP for October at a premium of $2.30/b and the OSP for November at a premium of $3.05/b to Platts Oman/Dubai.

A source with a Northeast Asian refiner noted that the Super Light OSPs were "rightly priced" at a premium to Saudi Arab Extra Light crude.

Earlier this month, Saudi Aramco set the November OSP for Arab Extra Light bound for Asia at a premium of $2.55/b to the average of Oman/Dubai. It had previously set the October OSP for the grade at a premium of $1.80/b.

This means KPC's Super Light OSPs for both November and October are at a 50 cents/b premium to Aramco's Arab Extra Light OSPs for Asia.

Kuwait exported its first cargo of Super Light crude oil bound for Japan, arriving in July, S&P Global Platts previously reported.

Around six 500,000-barrel cargoes of the crude have since been offered on a monthly basis, sources have said.

The new grade is likely most appreciated by Japanese and South Korean refiners, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Kuwait Super Light crude mainly comes from Kuwait's Jurassic gas fields and has a gravity of 48 API with 0.4% sulfur content, KPC said in January.

The grade will be the first of two new Kuwaiti exports grades planned, it said.

--Ada Taib,

--Takeo Kumagai,

--Edited by Alisdair Bowles,