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Russia August Primorsk Oil Exports to Reach Five-Year Low

July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Russia plans to ship less than 1 million barrels a day of Urals crude from the port of Primorsk for a third month, with shipments set to drop to the lowest in more than five years, a preliminary loading program showed.

The Baltic Sea port will handle 38 cargoes of 100,000 metric tons each in August, or 898,516 barrels a day, according to a schedule obtained by Bloomberg News. That’s 0.8 percent less than July. Prior to June, Primorsk had loaded more than 1 million barrels a day every month since at least March 2008, when Bloomberg began tracking the data.

Ust-Luga, also on the Baltic, will ship 18 cargoes of 100,000 tons each, or 425,613 barrels a day, according to the program. That’s unchanged from July, after one cargo was dropped this month, according to two people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential.

No cargoes are scheduled to load from Aug. 13 to Aug. 17 at Primorsk or Aug. 20 to Aug. 23 at Ust-Luga, and one unassigned slot of 100,000 tons at Primorsk. Calls to the Moscow press department of OAO Transneft, Russia’s pipeline operator that releases the program, weren’t answered.

Exports from Novorossiysk on the Black Sea will fall to 3.01 million tons in August, or 711,719 barrels a day. The August schedule includes three 80,000-ton cargoes of Siberian Light grade and 26 consignments of Urals ranging from 80,000 to 145,000 tons.

One 140,000-ton lot was dropped this month from Novorossiysk, according to the two people. Total crude shipments from the port will fall 3.3 percent in August.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: Jake Rudnitsky in Moscow at jrudnitsky@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net

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