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London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 700 am EDT/1100 GMT
Falling oil prices over the past week have underpinned a revival in heating oil demand from Northwest European continental end-users, traders said Wednesday, with barge rates pushed up as low Rhine water levels continued to restrict shipments up river.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 548 am EDT/948 GMT
Front-month cash Dubai plunged to the steepest discount against same-month Dubai swaps in nearly seven months on Wednesday, as a global supply glut and sluggish regional demand weaken on Asian fundamentals.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 1251 am EDT/451 GMT
Saudi Arabia is expected to roll over or cut official selling price differentials for its crude grades loading in October for Asian buyers, reflecting lower spot differentials last month and weak regional demand, traders said this week.
Houston (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 552 pm EDT/2152 GMT
Increased demand for shipping barrels on the Colonial Pipeline drove Line 1 space for the 51st cycle to a seven-month high Wednesday.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 957 am EDT/1357 GMT
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said Wednesday that its takeover of UK-based BG Group would boost profitability at a time when oil prices could be set to stay low for a sustained period.
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Natural Gas

Houston (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 419 pm EDT/2019 GMT
The NYMEX October natural gas futures contract settled up 7.7 cents at $2.725/MMBtu on Thursday as the market seemed to have previously priced in a fairly bearish storage report.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 801 am EDT/1201 GMT
China National Offshore Oil Corp, the country's largest LNG buyer, has issued its first LNG supply tender, offering two cargoes for loading over October and November from the BG-operated Queensland Curtis LNG export plant in Gladstone, Australia, market sources said Thursday.
London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 712 am EDT/1112 GMT
Prompt gas prices on the UK's NBP trading hub started the day lower Thursday but rose throughout the morning following unplanned production issues in Norway.
Santiago (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 554 pm EDT/2154 GMT
Chile's ENAP is to supply natural gas to domestic power generator Colbun for a further three years under a new deal signed Tuesday, the state-owned energy company said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 852 am EDT/1252 GMT
Deliveries of natural gas to Northwest Europe from the Norwegian continental shelf hit a record high for August last month with a thinner maintenance schedule in the third quarter resulting in high gas production, data from Eclipse Energy, an analytics unit of Platts, showed Wednesday.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 724 am EDT/1124 GMT
German day-ahead power contracts posted day-on-day falls during Thursday morning trading as renewable infeed is forecast to pick up Friday, and then wind generation is forecast to surge over the weekend, pushing down Saturday and Sunday prices too.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 853 am EDT/1253 GMT
UK day-ahead power contracts climbed on Wednesday, tracking gains on the NBP gas market, while shrugging off the bearish influence of rising wind power output.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 425 pm EDT/2025 GMT
Michigan's decision, unveiled Tuesday, to develop its own state carbon implementation plan means it intends to rely on a "robust stakeholder process" to chart its energy future, including the fate of coal-fired power plants.
London (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 817 am EDT/1217 GMT
Germany added 160 MW of new solar PV capacity in July, the highest monthly figure in 12 months, bringing total installed solar PV capacity above 39 GW, the latest monthly data from the federal grid regulator BNetzA shows.
Washington (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 548 pm EDT/2148 GMT
Duke Energy's 1,305-MW McGuire-2 nuclear reactor near Charlotte, North Carolina, is operating at reduced output in preparation for a refueling outage, plant spokeswoman Christine Pulley said Monday.
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Houston (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 418 pm EDT/2018 GMT
US coal exports totaled roughly 4.6 million mt in July, the lowest monthly total going back to at least 2011, according to US Census Bureau released Thursday.
Perth (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 819 am EDT/1219 GMT
The National Bank of Australia has ruled out funding Indian coal trading and logistics firm Adani's A$16.5 billion ($11.2 billion) Carmichael thermal coal export project in the Australian state of Queensland's Galilee coal field, said the bank in a statement Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 558 pm EDT/2158 GMT
US and Venezuelan petcoke prices dropped roughly $2 across the board this week on lackluster overseas demand and continued oversupply in the marketplace, sources said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 830 am EDT/1230 GMT
Turkey's imports of bituminous thermal coal dropped to its lowest monthly volume in 11 months to 2.025 million mt, an 8.4% drop year on year and down 6% from June's four-month highs, following a slump in Colombian coal shipments, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) published this week.
New Delhi (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 829 am EDT/1229 GMT
State-owned Coal India Limited produced 36.21 million mt of coal in August, short of its target of 37.65 million mt, the company said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange late Tuesday.
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London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 815 am EDT/1215 GMT
Front-haul freight rates on the South Atlantic Supramax market are holding fast this week thanks to a spate of deals that reduced last week's tonnage build-up in the region, but trans-Atlantic trade is softening on weak inquiry, according to shipping sources.
London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 813 am EDT/1213 GMT
The fall in demand to move crude has caused Middle East outflows to tumble to their lowest since before the summer, Platts ship-tracking tool cFlow showed Wednesday, resulting in numerous VLCCs being idled for longer while ample supply and low bunker fuel prices have continued to push down freight rates.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 814 am EDT/1214 GMT
St.Petersburg and Novorossisk faced a challenging August, with their bunker fuel prices falling to six-month lows due to weakening crude prices, ruble/dollar exchange volatility, and increasing competition from rival ports and local suppliers.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 511 am EDT/911 GMT
Contango trade in crude that translates into floating storage on VLCCs is becoming profitable again and freight rates could have already bottomed out, Morgan Stanley said in a report Tuesday.
Houston (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 543 pm EDT/2143 GMT
The outright price of US Gulf Coast naphtha fell 2.68 cents/gal Tuesday with naphtha cargoes either already bound for or soon set to sail for US ports from Spain, Peru and the Caribbean and despite refiner buying in the market.
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Houston (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 421 pm EDT/2021 GMT
Braskem does not plan to raise domestic polyethylene and polypropylene prices in September, a company source said Thursday. There have been expectations among market participants that prices would move higher following an uptick in oil pricing.
London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 939 am EDT/1339 GMT
European polyethylene terephthalate contract prices for September are facing a drop because of bearish expectations for feedstock PX, sources said.
London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 816 am EDT/1216 GMT
Arkema lifted force majeure at the end of last week on oxo alcohol supply from the 310,000 mt/year Oxochimie plant in Lavera, France, a production source at Arkema said Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 440 pm EDT/2040 GMT
The push for further US polyethylene contract decreases in September picked up more momentum Tuesday and Wednesday as additional producers began informing customers they would cut prices for the second straight month, market sources said.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 825 am EDT/1225 GMT
The European spot methanol discount to the contract price hit its narrowest so far in 2015 low of 29% on Tuesday as high prompt supply dragged prices down ahead of the start of negotiations on the fourth-quarter contract price.
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Singapore (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 649 am EDT/1049 GMT
Russian mining company Mechel said Thursday it had agreed to supply 1 million mt/year of metallurgical coal to Japanese steelmaker JFE Steel Corporation over the next three years.
London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 647 am EDT/1047 GMT
Australia's largest iron ore miner Rio Tinto said Thursday it saw iron ore and steel demand both climbing from now to 2030.
Tokyo (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 416 am EDT/816 GMT
Platts assessed the spot price of 553-grade silicon metal imported into Japan at $1,630-$1,650/mt CIF Japan Thursday, up from $1,590-$1,620/mt CIF last week as some Chinese producers raised offers on output cuts.
Pittsburgh (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 557 pm EDT/2157 GMT
The US flat-rolled market saw pricing unchanged Wednesday as a smaller spread between small- and large-volume buys was heard but sentiment in the marketplace remained weak.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 835 am EDT/1235 GMT
Recycling in the tin industry has increased steadily over the past decade, with the proportion of tin use accounted for by secondary material hitting 32% in 2013, industry body ITRI said, citing its most up-to-date data set.
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Houston (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 420 pm EDT/2020 GMT
Weekly US corn net export sales rose to 112,674 mt in the week ending August 27, up 185.5% from minus 131,776 mt in the prior week, Department of Agriculture data showed Thursday.
London (Platts)--3 Sep 2015 923 am EDT/1323 GMT
The price spread between RED RME and RED FAME 0 has hit an eight-month high as the biodiesel market in northern Europe gears up for winter-specification product with lower CFPP values.
Santos (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 434 pm EDT/2034 GMT
Brazilian ethanol exports totaled 192.6 million liters in August, down 8% from 213.5 million liters in July but almost 2.5 times higher than August 2014's 78.5 million liters, the latest data from the Secretariat of Foreign trade (SECEX) showed.
Santos (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 953 am EDT/1353 GMT
Brazilian ethanol exports totaled 192.6 million liters in August, down 8% from 213.5 million liters in July but almost 2.5 times higher than August 2014's 78.5 million liters, the latest data from the Secretariat of Foreign trade (SECEX) showed.
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 850 am EDT/1250 GMT
The indicative crush margin for T2 ethanol FOB Rotterdam using milling wheat feedstock rose Eur5.80/cu m to Eur150.73/cu m Tuesday, the highest value since Platts began tracking the relationship in January 2012.
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