October 9, 2019 / 3:52 PM / 11 days ago

Exclusive: India's Reliance to resume Venezuela oil loadings after 4-month pause - documents, sources

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Reliance Industries is pictured in a stall at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show at Gandhinagar, India, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave

(Reuters) - Indian refiner Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) is scheduled to resume loading Venezuelan oil in October after a four-month pause, according to sources and internal documents from PDVSA seen by Reuters, a move that could help the state-run Venezuelan firm drain its high oil inventories.

A spokesperson for Reliance said on Wednesday it has been supplying Venezuela with permitted fuels, including diesel, under U.S. sanctions and so it “is able to recommence crude sourcing.”

“These are actions compliant to U.S. sanctions as crude sourcing against supply of permitted products is allowed,” the spokesperson said in a email to Reuters.

PDVSA did not reply to a request for comment.

Reporting by Marianna Parraga in Mexico City, and Nidhi Verma and Promit Mukherjee in New Delhi. Additional reporting by Mircely Guanipa in Punto Fijo, Venezuela; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Bernadette Baum

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