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Aramco buys more Indian naphtha; IOC premiums at six-year high

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Aramco buys more Indian naphtha; IOC premiums at six-year high
FILE PHOTO: Logo of Saudi Aramco is seen at the 20th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MOES 2017) in Manama, Bahrain, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed   -   Copyright  Hamad I Mohammed(Reuters)
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco’s trading arm bought 70,000 tonnes of naphtha from Indian Oil Corp <IOC.NS> on Friday at premiums not seen since 2013 as it seeks to plug a supply gap following Sept. 14 attacks on its facilities, trade sources said on Monday.

Aramco Trading Company (ATC) paid a premium to IOC price formula on a free-on-board basis in the mid-$40 per tonne range for a 35,000-tonne cargo scheduled for Oct. 18-20 loading from Chennai and for a 35,000-tonne cargo for Nov. 3-5 loading from the same port.

These were the highest premiums IOC has fetched for naphtha sold out of Chennai since it sold a cargo to Unipec at a premium of about $55 a tonne in 2013, Reuters data showed. [NAP/TENDA]

Since the attacks, ATC has bought more than 120,000 tonnes of naphtha from Europe and about 130,000 tonnes from India, including the latest purchase from IOC and a previous deal with Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd <HPCL.NS>.

It also has cargoes from Egypt but these were mostly locked in before the attacks.

(Reporting by Seng Li Peng; editing by Jason Neely)

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