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Asia starts testing Kuwait's new 'super light' crude oil

Asia starts testing Kuwait's new 'super light' crude oil

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Asia starts testing Kuwait's new 'super light' crude oil
At least one Asian refiner has tested samples of Kuwait's new "Super Light" crude oil and found it suitable.

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The test run comes as state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. prepares to launch its first new export grade in decades.

A number of refiners in northeast and southeast Asia, a key destination for Kuwaiti crudes, showed their interest in testing the new grade, market sources said.

Crude oil imports from KuwaitState-owned upstream operator Kuwait Oil Co. recently began operations at a new facility to produce light oil and gas from the West al-Rawdatain field, which will be combined with output from other fields for the country's newest crude blend to be launched in April.

KOC first discovered super light crude oil at the Sabriya field in 2005. After years of delays, KOC finally began production earlier this year from the field, along with the Umm al-Niga, and the West Rawdatain fields.

The main target of the fields is the technically challenging, deep and sulfurous Jurassic gas, but there are also considerable volumes of oil. Once all the new facilities are complete, KOC expects to produce 200,000 b/d of light oil. By 2020, the company expects to boost this by another 220,000 b/d.

Crude from the fields will be blended to make KPC's "Super Light" crude oil grade, which it hopes to start exporting from April. The crude grade will have an API gravity of 48 degrees, with 0.4% sulfur content. Kuwait currently only has one export grade, with a typical API gravity of 31 degrees. It exports around 2 million b/d of that crude, from its total production capacity of just over 3 million b/d