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Fulfilling a mandate set forth by U.S. President George Bush to fill the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to capacity, MMS will begin, next month, to procure about 60,000 bopd of royalty-in-kind oil for delivery to the Department of Energy. The oil will be acquired from federal offshore properties in the Gulf of Mexico. Acting MMS Director Lucy Querques Denett said that the MMS and DOE are working closely to accomplish this task. She said that once the oil is delivered to DOE, that agency will then exchange the RIK oil for crude of suitable quality, and deliver it to three SPR sites located in Texas and Louisiana. The U.S. Department of the Interior has posted on its commercial Website, www.temporarygomr.com, a solicitation for industry bids to assist in the endeavor.
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