HOUSTON, June 11 Colombian state-run oil company
Ecopetrol will receive six cargoes of naphtha and ultra
low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) in June from Trafigura and Atlantic
Trading & Marketing Inc (ATMI), after awarding them tenders in
May, according to Colombian export data and Reuters data.
Colombia has ramped up imports of fuels through purchases on
the open market since its 80,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cartagena
refinery started a major expansion in March. Problems with a key
pipeline also limited crude exports in recent months.
The company last month offered to buy up to five cargoes of
ULSD, two of gasoline and two of diluent naphtha to be received
from May to June.
A 310,000 barrel cargo of naphtha was delivered by Trafigura
at Pozos Colorados port on June 6-8 after being loaded at Corpus
Christi and another one, same seller and size, is scheduled to
be unloaded on June 19-21 going out from Houston.
U.S. chemical firm Koch Industries will deliver another
300,000 barrel naphtha cargo to Colombia on June 12-14 on tanker
Torm Caroline, after being loaded in Houston.
Ecopetrol launched a tender in early May to buy diluent
naphtha that was awarded on May 14. It was not immediately
possible to know the prices agreed.
Ecopetrol also received on June 4-6 at Pozos Colorados the
first of four 290,000 barrel cargoes of ULSD being sold by
Houston-based firm ATMI, one of French Total's
indirect crude trading and shipping subsidiaries.
The Colombian company awarded to ATMI on May 21 a tender to
buy at least three ULSD cargoes to be received in June.
Another 150,000 barrel ULSD cargo is expected to be received
by Ecopetrol this week from U.S. refining company Valero Energy
, after being loaded at the Caribbean island of Aruba on
Ecopetrol resumed exports of Vasconia Norte medium crude at
the end of May after the Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline restarted
operations. A 480,000 barrel cargo of that crude was delivered
on June 6-7 to trading firm Gunvor with destination Turkey.
The company also delivered four 1 million barrel cargoes of
Castilla heavy crude to Houston Refining, Spain's Repsol
and Petrochina in early June, according to the data.
(Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Editing by David Gregorio)