Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) has adjusted its official selling prices for its Basra Light and Kirkuk crude grades for January.
In common with some other countries, Iraq’s oil is priced relative to regional benchmark prices:
- For shipments to US, contracts are priced are relative to the Argus Sour Crude Index (ASCI);
- Shipments to Europe are priced relative the North Sea Spot BFOE; and
- Asian shipmentas are priced relative to the Dubai-Oman crude benchmark, published by Platts, the energy-information division of McGraw-Hill.
The new prices to Europe are as follows:
- Kirkuk crude to Europe will sell at a discount of $0.70 a barrel relative to the North Sea (Dated Brent) benchmark, up 65 cents from December;
- Basra Light to Europe will sell at a discount of $2.50 a barrel to Dated Brent, an increase of 65 cents.
And to the US:
- Basrah Light will sell at a $1.50 discount to the U.S. benchmark, up 10 cents from December
- Kirkuk will sell at a premium of 15 cents, up 5 cents.
- Basrah Light to Asia will sell at a premium of $2.90 above the benchmark, up from a premium of $1.80 in December.