WASHINGTON, September 13 (Hfrance.fr) - The US Department of Energy has awarded contrats to eight companies for crude oil in a previously announced sale of strategic oil reserves of up to 20 million barrels, the ministry said. The contracts went to Atlantic Trading & Marketing Inc; Chevron USA (CVX.N) ; ExxonMobil Oil Corpn (XOM.N) ; Marathon Petroleum Supply and Trading (MPC.N ) ; Motiva Enterprises (MOTIV.UL); Phillips 66 Co (PSX.N) ; Unipec America Inc; and Valero Marketing and Supply Co (VLO. N) , adthe department said in a September 10 statement posted online Monday. The department announced the call for tenders on August 23 to be comply with recent legislation making the sale of the country's emergency oil reserve compulsory. Oil deliveries are expected from October 1 to December 15. The sell-off comes as oil prices are at a one-week record high amid supply concerns in the United States over damage from Storm Ida and the continuing impact of COVID-19. learn more Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Toby Chopra and Louise Heavens Our standards: Thomson Hfran's principles of trustce.fr.