NNPC issues two-year crude lifting contracts to traders

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has issued crude export contracts that are expected to last two years instead of the usual one year, according to trading sources familiar with the matter.

A partial preliminary list, according to Reuters, showed 30 companies, including the world’s largest energy traders, Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore.

The final list could contain between 50 and 60 companies, the sources added.

The NNPC did not immediately respond to a request for comments.

The list has emerged later than usual.

In 2017, the NNPC published results in January, awarding contracts to 39 companies.

Other companies included in the partial 2018 list are Total, Spain’s Cepsa, the trading arm of Azerbaijan’s Socar and Lukoil’s trading subsidiary, Litasco.

Switzerland-based Mocoh and Petraco, Lebanon’s BB Energy and Nigerian firms, Sahara Group, Eterna and Oando, are also on the list.

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