Venezuela's PDVSA awards tender to sell heavy crudes to Houston Refining -trader


HOUSTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - State-run Petroleos de Venezuela(PDVSA) awarded a contract to sell three cargoes of heavyLaguna, Bachaquero and Bachblend crudes to U.S. company HoustonRefining, a trader close to the deal told Reuters on Thursday.

Houston Refining, formerly known as Lyondell-Citgo Refining(LCR), operates a 270,000 barrel refinery located on the GulfCoast in Texas. PDVSA's subsidiary in the Unites States, Citgo,had a 41.25 percent stake in the plant until it was sold in 2006to its majoritary partner, Lyondell Chemical.

The trader added that the 300,000 barrel cargo of heavyBachaquero crude included in the tender was sold at a price of$20.50 per barrel below ICE Brent.

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