August 5, 2019 / 4:21 PM / 13 days ago

W. Africa Crude-Higher fuel oil margin buoys Angolan, IOC takes Nigerian

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Higher fuel oil margins and demand from Chinese independent refiners helped to prop up Angolan crude grades on Monday while some Nigerian cleared in an Indian buy tender.

* Angola’s Girassol was recently offered as high as dated Brent plus $3.00 while Dalia was pegged at around dated Brent plus $2.50.

* Around 15 cargoes of Nigerian crude remain from the August loading programme. Bonny Light and Qua Iboe were said to be trading below dated Brent plus $2.00.

* Mercuria still had an August loading Forcados available, traders said.

* Indonesia’s Pertamina awarded a tender for crude to be delivered Oct. 1-5, Oct. 8-15 and Oct. 22-29 but there were no details yet on who had won the tender.

* India’s IOC awarded a buy tender to BP for a cargo of Qua Iboe, traders said, expected to load Sept. 11-12.

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Reporting By Julia Payne; Editing by Susan Fenton

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