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Oil Traders Empty Key Crude Storage Hub

  • Companies said to be selling crude from Saldanha Bay in Africa
  • Brent crude time-structure strengthens, encouraging sales
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Oil traders are emptying one of the world’s largest crude storage facilities, located near the southernmost tip of Africa, as the physical market tightens amid booming demand and OPEC production cuts.

Total SA, Vitol Group and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. are selling crude they hoarded in Saldanha Bay, South Africa, during the 2015-2016 glut when the market effectively paid traders to store oil, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named discussing private operations.