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Petronas Said to Raise Some Crude Premiums Amid Pricing Revision

Petroliam Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state oil company, raised the premiums for some grades of crude exports starting from September in a revision of its pricing formula, according to two traders with knowledge of the changes.

Petronas, as the Kuala Lumpur-based company is known, will sell its Labuan and Kikeh varieties at a premium of $1.30 a barrel to the monthly official selling price it sets for Tapis grade, said the traders, who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential. Labuan was previously priced at parity and Kikeh didn’t have a monthly fixed price. Nobody answered a call to Petronas’ press office seeking comment.

Miri crude will cost $1 a barrel more than Tapis, up from parity to the benchmark grade, while Dulang will be set 40 cents higher. It was previously priced at a 30-cent discount.

Petronas will continue to set a monthly adjustment factor for Tapis, a company official said today, asking not to be identified because of internal rules. This so-called alpha is used to derive the official price of the low-sulfur crude.

The following table shows the formulas for calculating official selling prices of Malaysia’s crude exports, in dollars a barrel. The new formulas will apply to cargoes loading from September:

Grade        New Formula       Old Formula
Tapis        (no change)     Announced OSP
Kikeh       Tapis +$1.30          (no OSP)
Labuan      Tapis +$1.30   Parity to Tapis
Miri        Tapis +$1.00   Parity to Tapis
Dulang      Tapis +$0.40      Tapis -$0.30
Bintulu      (no change)      Tapis -$0.30

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