Russia's Lukoil establishing Houston-based crude trading desk

NEW YORK Wed May 1, 2013 5:15pm EDT

NEW YORK May 1 (Reuters) - Russian oil company Lukoil is setting up a crude oil trading desk in Houston, according to energy trade publication SparkSpread and confirmed by an industry source.

The venture was formed through Litasco, Lukoil's international trading arm, and will be known as Lukoil Pan Americas LLC.

The company has hired Ashutosh Redkar, a crude oil trader at Anadarko Petroleum Co. in The Woodlands, Texas, to set up the desk, the SparkSpread report said.

A Lukoil representative in New York did not immediately return a request for comment.

Global oil markets have turned their attention in the last two years to the United States, which has seen a resurgence in oil production from shale formations in North Dakota and Texas.

The addition of railway capacity has allowed for crude oil to make its way out of these shale plays and into East and West coast refineries.

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