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27.03.17 - 07:31
LNG bunkering is an idea whose time hasn′t come (yet): Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
Time passes quickly when looking into LNG bunkering. Two years ago the market talked about it as a possible solution to the introduction of a 0.1% sulfur emission control area (ECA) for ships in northern Europe. Five years before that it was the star...
24.03.17 - 07:31
When clean cargoes go dirty (Platts)
 
An eye-catching fixture was seen recently that gave a glimpse of the dirty side of clean tankers. The Medium Range tanker Iver Experience was reported to be on subjects to Lukoil to load a a 38,000 mt cargo of diesel oil on the US Gulf Coast and then...
22.03.17 - 07:30
The Middle East and LNG: An import boom set to keep growing (Platts)
 
The Middle East has undergone a dramatic transformation in regards to its relationship with LNG. Once known for its largescale exports from Qatar, the region has grown into a recognized demand center. In 2014, the region’s three importers (Kuwa...
21.03.17 - 17:30
Container Index Revolution: Is it the time to embrace price transparency? (Platts)
 
Over 2000 container industry players descended upon TPM at Long Beach, end February, where one key theme I took away was the hesitancy to embrace price transparency. Existing benchmarking providers had mixed reviews depending on delegates’ inte...
20.03.17 - 06:30
Russia’s transparency hopes dashed with opaque deal: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
When Russian authorities first announced they would privatize some major state-run assets several years ago, they cited improving the investment climate by increasing transparency and efficiencies among its main goals, but the deal to privatize Rosne...
16.03.17 - 07:31
Dakota Access Pipeline races to start moving Bakken crude (Platts)
 
Oil will likely flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota early next week. Barring any more twists or turns ” and there have been plenty in the last seven months of this project ” the contentious 470,000 b/d crude oil pi...
15.03.17 - 07:30
Pivotal moment for South African mining (Platts)
 
South Africa is currently redrafting its Mining Charter, hopefully bringing to an end a long period of disagreement and uncertainty. The original Charter was passed in 2002 as part of the government's black empowerment strategy, to overcome the hist...
14.03.17 - 10:01
Let′s talk about NEAT: Looking dapper from its napper to its feet (Platts)
 
Comedy actor Peter Sellers knew a thing or two about comic timing and delivery needed to make a good joke shine. After all he played Inspector Clouseau, Dr Stranglove, and Dr Fritz Fassbender among his many famous Hollywood characters. That's why wh...
13.03.17 - 05:31
Lack of agreed methodology on OPEC compliance leads to confusion: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
Based on the latest S&P Global Platts OPEC survey, the producer group's compliance with its pledged oil output cuts is 98.5%. It is also 111.5%. At the same time, it is 71.9%. Depending on how compliance is measured, the oil market is getting differ...
10.03.17 - 06:30
DOE economist talks SPR exports, storage and sales (Platts)
 
The presenter who arguably received the best questions at Wednesday's Crude Oil Quality Association meeting in New Orleans was the US Department of Energy's economist, Kenneth Vincent. His presentation was part overview, such as the locations of th...
09.03.17 - 11:30
Trump′s first 50 days: (Dis)approval steering gold (Platts)
 
With the Donald Trump presidency reaching its 50th day at the weekend (who said it wouldn't happen?), we take a look at the impact the current administration ” which shocked the world in November with a surprise election victory ” is having on gold ...
08.03.17 - 17:01
LNG market at a ‘tipping point,’ CERAWeek speaker says (Platts)
 
If you are in LNG today, you want to be in Asia, the world's biggest market for the power plant fuel. As much as there is opportunity, however, there also is uncertainty. The opportunity comes from the fact that the continent accounts for more than ...
08.03.17 - 16:01
2017 could be a huge year for the European steel industry (Platts)
 
Profits, market share and mergers Europe is a diminishing industrial power and its steel sector has reflected that, declining to just 10% of global production in 2016. Major producers are often heavily indebted, struggling with low EBITDA margins, an...
07.03.17 - 17:01
White House tries to join CERAWeek party (Platts)
 
Shortly after ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods took the stage at CERAWeek by IHS Markit in Houston, the White House sent out a statement congratulating Woods and his company on a $20 billion plan to expand refining and chemical-manufacturing ...
07.03.17 - 06:01
Timeline: China’s crackdown on induction furnace steel (Platts)
 
China’s clampdown on induction furnace steel has gathered pace, after it was singled out as a cornerstone of this year’s supply-side structural reforms. The following timeline traces key policy articulations made on them: December 1, 2016...
06.03.17 - 09:31
Will China’s induction furnace steel whac-a-mole finally come to an end? (Platts)
 
China’s central government has set the elimination of induction furnace-based steel by June 30 as the cornerstone of its supply-side structural reforms of the industry this year. Earlier measures against induction steel have failed to deliver r...
03.03.17 - 11:01
Checking in on commodity prices during Trump’s first weeks: Of Presidents and Prices (Platts)
 
The commodities price watch during President Donald Trump's term is under way. In this ongoing series, we consider the price averages for some key Platts commodity benchmarks since Trump became president on January 20. The latest table pulls data fr...
03.03.17 - 06:30
Oklahoma′s earthquake rate slows, but Cushing oil hub remains in danger zone (Platts)
 
The good news for Oklahoma is that the number of earthquakes stronger than magnitude 2.7 that hit the state last year fell by more than a third to 2,500, compared with 4,000 in 2015. The bad news is the 2016 total is still astronomical compared to th...
28.02.17 - 06:30
OPEC giving up the gains (Platts)
 
So far, OPEC compliance with its production cut goals appears to have been good, with cold weather and natural declines adding to reductions from non-OPEC producers, resulting in Russia being ahead of schedule. Some OPEC members have exceeded their c...
27.02.17 - 06:30
Abu Dhabi finalizes once in a generation deal: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
At the start of last week, Abu Dhabi finalized a 40-year deal that formally cemented the UAE's shift to Asia and struck a delicate balance in tailoring the deal to fit the needs of most stakeholders already in the concession. The Asia pivot has been...
24.02.17 - 20:01
US border policy could curb travel amid already weak jet fuel demand (Platts)
 
Uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration’s efforts to harden the US border could cut into business travel demand this year at a time when jet fuel demand is already quite weak, at least according to travel agents surveyed in the US and ...
23.02.17 - 21:31
RFA accentuates the positive as America′s ethanol awaits Trump effect (Platts)
 
When Bob Dinneen stepped up to address the National Ethanol Conference this week, the house was packed. The CEO and president of the Renewable Fuels Association is an undoubted highlight of the event, bringing his passion and energy to the sometimes ...
21.02.17 - 06:31
Kenya’s bottom-up electrification: African Energy (Platts)
 
Kenya is proving an excellent testing ground for initiatives that prove successful elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was the home of the pay-as-you-go model of mobile telecoms services and still has the highest penetration of mobile banking anywher...
20.02.17 - 06:31
Mexico turns to the Jurassic era for shale oil: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
Mexico's plans to develop its shale oil resources have finally taken a step forward following years of largely fruitless efforts by the state owned company Pemex. Canada's Renaissance Oil and Russia's Lukoil are joining forces to develop the Amati...
15.02.17 - 06:02
Steel announcements pick up as new US administration settles in (Platts)
 
What some are describing as the Trump Factor appears to be emboldening US steel producers to embark on new capital projects. Since the November 8 election of Donald Trump as US president, several mills have announced restarts of idled operations as w...
14.02.17 - 06:31
Many US cracker projects moving along as expected, earnings calls show (Platts)
 
Total aims to decide this year whether to move forward with a second steam cracker at its refining and petrochemical complex in Port Arthur, Texas, executives said last week. The French oil major launched front-end engineering and design (FEED) for t...
13.02.17 - 06:31
China’s independent refiners could get regulated away: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
China's regulatory pendulum has swung from supporting independent refiners by encouraging competition and deregulation to favoring state-owned oil companies, which could have the impact of regulating many of the independents out of business. In earl...
10.02.17 - 19:01
How does steel scrap fit into a larger recycling picture? (Platts)
 
Comparing countries based on specific criteria is one of the most interesting and revealing ways to learn about the world. Some demographic information is well known, like China having the largest population (1.37 billion people) and Russia being the...
08.02.17 - 06:01
Shining a light on Kenya’s electrification (Platts)
 
Reports on the success of Kenya's electrification program seem too good to be true. Official figures suggest that the proportion of the population with access to electricity at home has increased from 27% in 2013 to 55% this year, putting the countr...
07.02.17 - 16:31
Full steam ahead for SOCAR Trading’s LNG-to-power strategy (Platts)
 
The startup in January of LNG supplies to the small Mediterranean island state of Malta could be considered a mere drop in the ocean for the global LNG market. But for Azerbaijan’s SOCAR Trading, it represented the beginning of a strategy that ...
06.02.17 - 17:31
Could 3-D printers hasten peak oil demand? – Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
A global transition away from oil and gas is well underway as booming renewable energy sources and electric cars portend major changes for the industry. Last week BP outlined the challenges ahead, but the company's crystal ball has yet to focus on t...
06.02.17 - 06:01
Container Shipping: What next for the smaller TEU fleet? (Part 3) (Platts)
 
Smaller TEU vessels in particular have to take advantage of the commodities that require a reactive export or import program where the larger TEU vessels can't monopolize the trade routes. The lack of port infrastructure, shallower waterways or chea...
02.02.17 - 01:01
AgriDigital pioneers blockchain use with first farmer-buyer agriculture settlement (Platts)
 
History was made on December 8, 2016, when Australian wheat grower David Whillock delivered 23.46 mt to Fletcher International Exports in Dubbo, New South Wales. The transaction was settled through blockchain, the technology underpinning emerging cry...
01.02.17 - 06:02
Tax reform is on the minds of US oil producers, refiners (Platts)
 
The wave of fourth-quarter 2016 earnings calls is just getting started, but tax reform already seems to be the topic du jour for oil and gas companies. Analysts have been asking executives how they’re preparing for a potentially drastic overhau...
30.01.17 - 15:31
History repeats as US E&P operators grow by acquisition: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
Barely three weeks into the New Year, US upstream merger and acquisitions have sizzled as players in a charged-up industry, hungry to get moving after two-plus years of low oil prices and curbed activity, position not just for the up-cycle but the ne...
30.01.17 - 13:01
Container Shipping: What next for the smaller TEU fleet? (Part 2) (Platts)
 
The smaller TEU vessels have struggled to find a logical home since the Panama Canal expansion as logistics companies are utilizing the neo-Panamax gauge for economies of scale. This leaves the 1,000-4,999 TEU fleet to face the continued conundrum of...
27.01.17 - 06:31
Permian returns are producing all of the oil drilling drama (Platts)
 
In the last year, commodity prices have improved considerably. While oil prices were sub-$40/b in early 2016, producers were cutting back on new drilling and focusing on efficiencies ” by cutting costs and concentrating drilling in the highest initia...
26.01.17 - 15:01
Libya: an OPEC wildcard? (Platts)
 
Libya has the potential to upset the OPEC apple cart, and early expressions of high levels of compliance with the cuts agreed by OPEC and associated non-OPEC producers should be taken with a pinch of salt. According to an interview with S&P Global Pl...
25.01.17 - 15:01
What does 2017 hold in store for Turkish steelmakers? (Platts)
 
This year has started much like the last finished for Turkish steelmakers. Rebar export demand remains tepid and the staggeringly weak lira has inflated domestic prices at the expense of business. Economic and political concerns continue to weigh hea...
25.01.17 - 06:30
Crude correlations about crude oil can shed light on changes (Platts)
 
Statistical correlations are interesting things. One of my favorite websites, and now a book, is Spurious Correlations. The site’s author looks at seemingly unrelated data sets that correlate in interesting ways. For example, there is a high de...
24.01.17 - 12:01
Trump trade policy: China speaks softly and carries a bigly stick (Platts)
 
The day after President Trump’s inauguration on January 21, the People’s Daily newspaper led with the news that Yu Zhengsheng had presided over the fifth plenary session of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and that Chi...
24.01.17 - 12:01
Poking the dragon could scar the agriculture sector (Platts)
 
By poking the sleeping Chinese dragon US President Donald Trump may wake something that could be difficult to deal with later at the negotiating table. The US and China are each other’s largest trading partners with bilateral trade totaling $59...
24.01.17 - 06:31
Should we expect the expected in the US steel sheet market in 2017? (Platts)
 
The New Year's hangovers have all worn off by now and US sheet market players are all back at their desks, but questions remain about what should be expected in 2017. The age-old response ” "If I knew, I'd certainly be making more money than I am r...
23.01.17 - 13:31
Can the abandoned smaller TEU vessels become the workhorse for the customer focused container market? (Platts)
 
The world is becoming an ever smaller place and the ability to conduct business with the most competitive companies globally is paramount for survival. The emphasis on customer needs now provides competitive advantage, and in the case of the containe...
23.01.17 - 13:01
Canada’s liberal government does an about-face on oil pipelines: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
Leave it to a liberal government backed by environmentalists to approve the first Canadian pipelines in several years, to help rejuvenate an oil industry thirsty to find more outlets for its crude oil. Without mincing words, the federal natural resou...
20.01.17 - 18:30
Of presidents and prices: How commodities compare under Trump, Obama (Platts)
 
As the book closes Friday, January 20, 2017, on President Barack Obama's two terms, here are the price averages during his tenure for some key commodity benchmarks, as well as the latest price. The commodities clock during President Donald Trump's ...
19.01.17 - 16:01
GOP tax reform and what′s at stake for the oil industry (Platts)
 
This blog post was written in collaboration with John Kingston, the Director of Global Market Insights for S&P Global. The U.S. still imports a lot of crude oil. It also now exports crude oil. It's also the world's biggest exporter of petroleum pro...
19.01.17 - 12:01
The Middle East comes into its own as a LNG demand center (Platts)
 
When you think of LNG in the Middle East you generally think of largescale exports from Qatar, the world's largest exporter of the super-chilled fuel. Over the past two years, however, the region has grown into a recognized demand center because of ...
18.01.17 - 06:30
Gold skips the January blues (Platts)
 
Unlike the rest of us, gold loves Januaries. Up just over 5.5% year-to-date, sailing through two-month highs above $1,215/oz this week on Brexit and Trump uncertainty, gold has seen gains in the first month of the year for nearly two-thirds of the pa...
16.01.17 - 09:01
Time for the bunker industry to come clean: Fuel for Thought (Platts)
 
In Denmark a former bunker trading CEO is being sent to prison for defrauding his customers, and no one in the industry seems particularly surprised. Last month a court in Denmark named Monjasa as the previously anonymous company fined 10 million Dan...





































 

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