Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, which exports most of its oil to Asia, lowered official December selling prices after they reached the highest level in 14 months in November.

Adnoc posted its main Murban crude grade at $76.10 a barrel, $2.50, or 3.2 percent, lower than in November, it said in an emailed statement today.

The December price for Lower Zakum was cut to $75.85 a barrel, while Umm Shaif was posted at $75.60 and Upper Zakum at $74.75.

Crude oil in New York, the global benchmark, ended December trading at $79.36 a barrel, capping its biggest annual gain since 1999. Oil climbed 78 percent in 2009.

(Arabian Oil and Gas)