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Diesel Exports Cut

Russia will cut exports of ultra-low sulfur diesel from the Baltic port of Primorsk in November to about 87,000 tons, or by 80 percent compared with a monthly average, traders and a source at the pipeline operator, Transnefteprodukt, said Friday.

"This is being done at the request of the Energy Ministry," one of the sources said. "They don't want a fuel deficit on the domestic market, especially in the Moscow region during maintenance at the Moscow Refinery."

Another source said the pipeline operator started cutting export volumes in September, when pipeline diesel exports to Primorsk totaled 249,700 tons, down from 511,400 tons in August. Last month the volume was 170,000 tons.

(Reuters)

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