Spot trading slowed on Friday, and Indonesia’s Pertamina deferred the award of its tender until next week, leaving little fresh activity on the market.
* ExxonMobil had sold its end-March cargo of Qua Iboe, a trader said, after offering it at premiums of around $2.20 per barrel versus dated Brent.
* Total had also sold a cargo of Agbami, capping a week of busy trading in Nigerian grades.
* Still, there were many cargoes left available from the March programmes, traders said.
* Angola’s Sonangol was still offering its two remaining cargoes for March loading.
* On Thursday, it lowered its offer for Dalia to dated Brent minus $1, from minus 90 cents, and its cargo of Saturno to the same level, down from dated Brent minus 80 cents a barrel.
* Traders said others were offering Dalia at steeper discounts.
* Indian refineries booked the largest amount of West African oil to load per day in February since April 2015, helping to shore up a decline in Chinese buying, a Reuters survey of vessel fixtures and traders showed on Friday.Maritime