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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced a new oil blend originating from the Umm Shaif and Lower Zakum oilfields operated Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).

State-run ADNOC is calling the new blend “Das Crude.”

Das Crude will replace the current separate Umm Shaif and Lower Zakum crudes by July 2014.

The announcement was made at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) happening this week.

The new blend of crude will have an API of about 39.2 degrees and sulfur content of 1.3 percent wt, ADNOC said.

“Das Crude Oil is light crude, and it is very rich in light middle distillates and its yield makes it better to blend the well-known two Das Grades (Umm Shaif and Lower Zakum crudes. It also has very low sulfur and metal content which overall makes Das crude rich, clean and safe for most of the refining operation,” said Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan, chief executive officer of ADMA-OPCO.

Das Crude will be stored in 13 crude oil tanks with a total capacity of  7,700,000 barrels.

Das Crude available for monthly export will be above 20,000,000 barrels, ADNOC said.

Ali Al-Muhiri, marketing manager at ADNOC, said loading facilities can accommodate two tankers simultaneously at an enhanced pumping rate of around 60,000 barrels per hour.