U.S. allows eight companies to purchase SPR crude oil -statement

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Energy has awarded contracts to eight companies for crude oil from a Strategic Petroleum Reserve sale of up to 20 million barrels announced last month, the department said.

Contracts went to Atlantic Trading & Marketing Inc; Chevron USA; ExxonMobil Oil Corpn; Marathon Petroleum Supply and Trading; Motiva Enterprises; Phillips 66 Co; Unipec America Inc; and Valero Marketing and Supply Co, the department said in statement dated Sept. 10 that appeared online on Monday. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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