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QUITO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Ecuador's state-run oil company Petroecuador said on Friday it had awarded a unit of Royal Dutch Shell a contract to lift some 20.2 million barrels of Oriente-grade crude between 2020 and 2023.
Shell Western Supply and Trading beat out the other two bidders, Trafigura and Mitsubishi, by offering to pay a premium of 71 cents per barrel above the reference price for West Texas Intermediate crude. [nL1N28D191
Petroecuador expects the deal to bring in some $950 million. The Andean country produces some 545,000 barrels per day of crude. (Reporting by Alexandra Valencia Writing by Luc Cohen)