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North Sea December Crude Exports to Rise to Eight-Month High

Daily exports of the 12 main grades of North Sea crude in December will increase to the highest level in eight months, according to loading programs obtained by Bloomberg News.

Exports of Brent, Forties, Oseberg, Ekofisk, Statfjord, Gullfaks, Alvheim, Aasgard, DUC, Flotta, Grane and Troll will total 73.8 million barrels, or 2.38 million barrels a day, the most since April, the plans showed. That compares with 69.8 million barrels, or 2.33 million barrels a day, this month.

Loading programs are monthly schedules of crude shipments compiled by field operators to allow buyers and sellers to plan their supply and trading activities.

Details of loadings of the 12 grades are as follows:

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Grade       December       B/D     November      B/D
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Brent       4,800,000   154,839   4,200,000    140,000
Forties    15,600,000   503,226  13,800,000    460,000
Oseberg     4,800,000   154,839   4,800,000    160,000
Ekofisk     9,550,000   308,065   9,650,000    321,667
BFOE Total 34,750,000 1,120,968  32,450,000  1,081,667

Troll       7,550,000   243,548   8,500,000    283,333
Aasgard     6,985,000   225,323   7,695,000    256,500
Statfjord   5,985,000   193,065   5,985,000    199,500
Alvheim     4,680,000   150,968   3,900,000    130,000
Gullfaks    4,275,000   137,903   3,420,000    114,000
DUC         4,200,000   135,484   3,600,000    120,000
Grane       4,200,000   135,484   3,000,000    100,000
Flotta      1,200,000    38,710   1,250,000     41,667

Total      73,825,000  2,381,452 69,800,000   2,326,667
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