EXPORT CRUDES FOR THE '90S COMMINGLED CRUDE FROM BRENT AND NINIAN STREAMS ASSAYED

Crudes from the Brent and Ninian pipeline systems have been commingled into a single stream known as Brent blend. The commingling began Aug. 2, 1990. Reasons for commingling the blends include declining throughput of both systems and the need to maintain Brent blend as a crude of consistent quality and volume. Brent blend's good refining properties and production rate have given it benchmark status. (See Table 1.) The price of Brent blend is used to calculate many other crude prices.

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