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Louisiana Sweet Oils Gain as Hydrocracker Reaches Planned Rates

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Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sweet Louisiana crude oils strengthened after Valero Energy Corp. said a new hydrocracker at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas reached planned rates.

The 57,000-barrel-a-day unit began starting Dec. 10, Bill Day, a San Antonio-based Valero spokesman said at the time. Today he said the unit was at planned rates.

Heavy Louisiana Sweet’s premium to the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened 25 cents to $19 a barrel at 2:57 p.m. in New York, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Light Louisiana Sweet’s premium added 15 cents to $19.45 a barrel over WTI.

The premium for Mars Blend was steady at $14.50. Poseidon was unchanged at $14.75 over the U.S. benchmark. Southern Green’s premium to WTI rose 20 cents to $14.90 a barrel. Thunder Horse’s premium narrowed 10 cents to $16.50 a barrel.

The discount for West Texas Sour to WTI narrowed 25 cents to $16 a barrel.

Discounts for Canadian crudes were unchanged, with Western Canada Select at a $33-a-barrel under WTI and Syncrude at a $1.50 discount to the benchmark.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eliot Caroom in New York at ecaroom@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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