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Samsung Total Buys a Cargo of Naphtha for Delivery to Daesan

March 24, 2008

Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., South Korea's third-largest ethylene maker, bought a cargo of naphtha for delivery in May, said a trader involved in the transaction.

Details of the company's purchase are as follows:

Product:         Naphtha
Quantity:        25,000 metric tons
Price:           **MOPJ minus $5 to $6 a ton
Seller:          Not available
Delivery:        May 1-15
Port:            Daesan (west coast of South Korea)

**MOPJ = Mean of Platts Japan naphtha assessment. Platts is an oil-pricing service.

Naphtha, distilled from crude oil, is a raw material for gasoline, chemicals, and plastics.

Samsung Total is equally owned by France's Total SA (FP) and South Korea's Samsung Group.

To contact the reporter on this story: Trisha Huang in Singapore at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Clyde Russell at

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