Russia's Novorossiisk oil loadings hampered by storms, price cap -sources

A general view shows the Novorossiysk Fuel Oil Terminal (NMT) in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, Russia May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Natalya Chumakova/Files

MOSCOW, Dec 8 (Reuters) - December oil loadings from Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiisk are behind schedule due to storms, while bad weather also prevented two vessels which arrived last month from loading before a Dec. 5 price cap kicked in, market sources said.

Rosneft and Russneft failed to load some 0.22 million tonnes of crude in total from the November loading plan prior to Dec. 5 and the vessels chartered to export these volumes left Novorossiisk without them, they added.

Russian oil companies don't comment commercial operations.

The price cap for Russian oil introduced by Western countries leaves participating countries unable to provide oil transportation, insurance, financing and other services for any Russian oil cargoes sold above the price cap of $60 per barrel.

December loadings are some 2-3 days behind schedule, with adverse weather potentially causing longer delays, industry sources said.

Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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