Saudi Aramco cuts oil prices to Asia, raises rates in Europe and Mediterranean

August 05, 2019

DUBAI (Bloomberg) - Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, lowered pricing for September sales of all crudes to Asia while raising prices to buyers in northwest Europe and the Mediterranean region.

State-owned Saudi Aramco cut pricing for its flagship Arab Light crude to buyers in Asia by $0.75, to a $1.70/bbl premium over the Oman-Dubai Middle Eastern benchmark, the company said on Sunday in an emailed statement. Traders and refiners that Bloomberg surveyed earlier had anticipated a premium of $1.80/bbl to the benchmark.

Saudi Arabia agreed in July to curb production for nine additional months alongside its OPEC+ partners. Even so, the kingdom has been able to export more to China than ever before, as increasing volumes to Asia have been offset by declining sales to the U.S., where buyers are awash with domestic supplies.

  • Pricing for other grades to Asia, Aramco’s biggest regional market, declined to premiums ranging from $3.05/bbl for its Super Light grade to $0.65 for Heavy crude.
  • Aramco kept prices for all grades to U.S. buyers unchanged relative to the Argus Sour Crude Index, leaving Light at a premium of $2.85/bbl.
  • For sales to northwestern Europe, the company raised pricing for Light crude by $2.65 to a discount of $0.05 against benchmark Brent.
  • Aramco increased prices for all grades to Mediterranean buyers, raising Light by $2.70 to a premium of $0.40 cents over the benchmark.
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