W. Africa Crude-India’s IOC mops up some slow-selling cargoes

LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – An Indian refiner mopped up some crude on Wednesday, though spot sales has been slow for May barrels because of high offer levels.

* Less than 10 cargoes remained from the May Angolan programme, mostly held by Equinor.

* Chevron was still offering a cargo of Cabinda at dated Brent plus $1.70 and Glencore was offering end-May Saxi at dated Brent plus $1.50.

* India’s IOC awarded its buy tender for West African crude loading June 1-10 to Total and Vitol. Total will supply a 1 million barrel cargo while Vitol will send a VLCC, traders said. Grade details did not immediately emerge.

* China’s Sinochem took a cargo of Angolan crude via tender. Equinor was thought to be the seller but grade details failed to emerge.

* About 30 cargoes of Nigerian crude were still available in May.

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