W. Africa Crude-New Egina crude hits the market, MRS issues sell tender

LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Spot activity was muted due to the Christmas holiday period but a new Nigerian grade has been added to the February loading programme, while Nigeria’s MRS issued a sell tender.
* The first cargoes from Total’s newly producing Nigerian offshore field, Egina, will load in February
* Total, China’s CNOOC and Nigeria’s NNPC will each have a cargo of Egina in February, traders said. No offers have yet been seen
* Angola’s state oil firm Sonangol was offering two cargoes of Dalia at dated Brent minus 30 cents a barrel loading Feb. 17-18 and Feb. 23-24
* Sonangol earlier sold its cargo of Saturno loading Feb. 7-8 to a Chinese refiner
* Nigerian oil marketing firm MRS issued a sell tender for a cargo of Forcados loading Feb. 14-15 and a cargo of Amenam loading Feb. 10-11. The tender closes on Jan. 31

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