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London (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 858 am EST/1358 GMT
Libya's National Oil Corp, or NOC, issued a warning Monday to companies attempting to charter ships to load "illicit" cargoes at the Marsa el-Hariga oil terminal, that the ship owners could face having their vessels impounded. Ahmad Shawki, NOC's general manager for international marketing, said in a statement Monday he was aware of unsuccessful attempts to charter ships to load oil at the 120,000 b/d Marsa el-Hariga terminal in the east of Libya.
Tokyo (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 845 am EST/1345 GMT
The signing of a bilateral investment treaty between Japan and Iran, and Tehran's debt guarantee of up to $10 billion investments by Japanese companies, could be a tailwind for companies considering investments, including midstream petroleum businesses in the Islamic Republic, a source at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday.
Houston (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 543 pm EST/2243 GMT
US Gulf Coast gasoline traders pivoted further away from winter blendstocks Friday, with alkylate climbing to an 11-day high and March East Texas butane falling out of favor, dipping an extra 2 cents to February butane minus 4.75 cents.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 1019 am EST/1519 GMT
Fears of a deepening non-OPEC supply crunch in response to the latest oil price slump may be overdone as many producers are absorbing short-term losses in the hope of a price rebound, according a new study by research group Wood Mackenzie.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 832 am EST/1332 GMT
Rotterdam's sales of so-called ultra low sulfur fuel oil with no more than 0.1% sulfur may have added up to 800,000 to 900,000 mt in 2015, and will likely hold around similar levels in 2016, according to estimates by leading barge operator CJA (Niels) Groenewold Friday.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 854 am EST/1354 GMT
Nigerian LNG was exported to a wider range of destinations last year, Eclipse data showed, with less material being sent to East Asia following a steep decline in JKM prices, partly as result of new liquefaction capacity in Asia Pacific.
Sydney (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 846 am EST/1346 GMT
China's intake of LNG fell 1.1% in 2015, marking the first year-on-year decline since imports began in 2006, according to a report by the US Energy Information Administration.
New York (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 548 pm EST/2248 GMT
The US , Baker Hughes said in its weekly report.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 833 am EST/1333 GMT
The upcoming reform of the German gas long-term balancing products will simplify and add transparency to the balancing system process, leading to more market-driven prices, according to Sirko Beidatsch, senior gas expert at PEGAS, the natural gas trading platform established by the European Energy Exchange and Powernext.
Tokyo (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 234 am EST/734 GMT
The Platts JKM for cargoes for March delivery ended the Asian trading week at $5.80/MMBtu Friday, rising 85 cents from last week on higher demand for prompt cargoes to replace volumes lost from Russia's Sakhalin-2.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 848 am EST/1348 GMT
UK day-ahead power prices climbed Monday as forecasts for below average temperatures lifted power demand amid easing wind power supply.
Houston (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 542 pm EST/2242 GMT
As ISO New England market participants await the Monday start of the grid operator's 10th Forward Capacity Auction -- for the 2019-2020 planning year -- they learned that almost 9.4 GW of generation is already expected to be added by that time.
Houston (Platts)--4 Feb 2016 632 pm EST/2332 GMT
Mexico's energy officials are satisfied with how their budding day-ahead wholesale electricity market is performing in its first week of operation, and the national utility has said most retail rates will be down in February.
London (Platts)--4 Feb 2016 856 am EST/1356 GMT
UK day-ahead power prices declined for the second consecutive day Thursday on forecasts of higher wind power generation and falling power demand ahead of the weekend, sources said.
Houston (Platts)--3 Feb 2016 542 pm EST/2242 GMT
Southwest Power Pool set a new wind penetration level record of 39.1%, according to the grid operator.
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Coal

Perth (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 857 am EST/1357 GMT
Fifteen ships were waiting to load coal exports at the queuing to load coal cargoes at the two Port Waratah-operated terminals at eastern Australia's Newcastle port, down from a 23-week high of 22 ships last week, the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator said Sunday.
New Delhi (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 852 am EST/1352 GMT
India's largest coal miner, state-run Coal India Limited (CIL), is all set to acquire and develop a coal mine in South Africa, a company official said Monday.
Perth (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 850 am EST/1350 GMT
One-third of coal mines operating in Australia's Queensland state are operating at a loss, industry group Queensland Resources Council said in a report Monday.
Houston (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 539 pm EST/2239 GMT
US coal exports totaled 67.3 million mt, or 74.2 million st, in 2015, the lowest yearly total since 2009, when the country exported 53.6 million mt, or 59.1 million st, according to US Census data out Friday.
Barcelona (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 835 am EST/1335 GMT
Spain's government has held meetings with the European Commission with a view to propping up its coal industry which is suffering accelerated closures due to low international prices, the country's industry ministry said Friday.
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Shipping

London (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 857 am EST/1357 GMT
Colombia exported 6.84 million mt of thermal coal in January, up 19% on the year, primarily due to higher shipments to Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, data from Colombian shipping agent Deep Blue showed Monday.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 838 am EST/1338 GMT
Long Range tanker freight rates on the Mediterranean-Japan route, basis 55,000 mt, have hit a 15-week low on the back of a closed naphtha arbitrage to Asia, shipping and trading sources said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 836 am EST/1336 GMT
With tonnage oversupply and abysmal returns plaguing the dry bulk freight market, bruised Supramax, Panamax and Ultramax owners and operators are looking look at ways to survive.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 837 am EST/1337 GMT
Shipowners hoping that the approaching Lunar New Year holidays in Asia would offer them some respite from falling freight rates have been disappointed this week, as lower bids from charterers and a persistent oversupply of vessels dragged rates lower in the key Supramax loading area of the US Gulf Coast.
Mexico City (Platts)--4 Feb 2016 526 pm EST/2226 GMT
All three of Mexico's crude-loading ports on the Gulf Coast -- Pajaritos, Cayo Arcas and Dos Bocas -- were closed to shipping early Thursday by strong winds and heavy seas generated by a cold front.
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Petrochemicals

Houston (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 840 am EST/1340 GMT
US Mobil selective toluene disproportionation economics have been marginally positive this week as the spread between US paraxylene and toluene spot pricing has widened, Platts data showed.
London (Platts)--4 Feb 2016 948 am EST/1448 GMT
The European spot price of acetone hit its lowest since February 2002 this week, Platts data show.
Houston (Platts)--3 Feb 2016 607 pm EST/2307 GMT
US ethylene contracts for January settled 1 cent lower with the month's net transaction price at 24.75 cents/lb, market sources said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--3 Feb 2016 950 am EST/1450 GMT
LyondellBasell's MTBE market margins in Northwest Europe in the fourth quarter of 2015 were down sharply year on year, according to the company's earnings report.
Houston (Platts)--2 Feb 2016 528 pm EST/2228 GMT
The US methanol market has slowed down this week after seeing interest in sending cargoes to China ahead of the Lunar New Year, sources said this week.
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Metals

New York (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 943 am EST/1443 GMT
US aluminum producer Noranda Aluminum has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised restructuring under Chapter 11 in the Eastern District of Missouri, the company said Monday.
Cape Town (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 903 am EST/1403 GMT
Improved regulation and investment in Africa's infrastructure are essential for the country to become a greater contender on the international playing field, high level mining participants said Monday.
London (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 904 am EST/1404 GMT
The Turkish long steel supply chain on Friday had convergence in scrap and billet pricing move the market closer to an equilibrium with recent levels.
Tokyo (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 902 am EST/1402 GMT
Platts assessed spot aluminum import premiums at $100-110/mt plus London Metal Exchange cash CIF Japan Monday, unchanged since Thursday, while domestic prices fell on the back of the stronger yen.
Cape Town (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 901 am EST/1401 GMT
Over $3.15 billion of private equity investment was injected into mining projects during 2015 in over 119 deals, a 238% surge in activity from 2014, lawyers Berwin Leighton Paisner said Monday.
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Agriculture

London (Platts)--8 Feb 2016 900 am EST/1400 GMT
The price of T2 ethanol fell to Eur536/cu m ($489.50/cu m) FOB Rotterdam Friday, the lowest since June 4, 2015 as pro-active offers could not tempt buyers due to seasonal low demand.
Buenos Aires (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 541 pm EST/2241 GMT
Argentinian President Mauricio Macri said Friday he has authorized an increase in the ethanol blend in gasoline to 12% from 10%, a move aimed at spurring production of the fuel additive.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 846 am EST/1346 GMT
The T2 ethanol price dropped Eur12.50/cu m on the day Thursday evening to Eur541.75/cu m, the lowest level since June 5, 2015 as enthusiastic offers could not attract buying interest upwards. The beginning of February saw small levels of buying interest with some participants experiencing dry tanks at the beginning of the month.
Singapore (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 1209 am EST/509 GMT
Malaysia's imports of unmilled wheat fell 23.9% year on year to 77,888 mt in December, and were down 17.3% month on month, latest Department of Statistic Malaysia data released Friday showed.
Santos, Brazil (Platts)--4 Feb 2016 525 pm EST/2225 GMT
Brazilian fuel ethanol consumption in December was 2.59 billion liters, up 13% month on month and 7% year on year, data from the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) showed late Wednesday.
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