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Washington (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 536 pm EDT/2136 GMT
The US Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday it will vote by June 27, 2016 on a final rule requiring publicly-traded oil and natural gas companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.
London (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 902 am EDT/1302 GMT
While Gabon grapples with falling oil prices and declining production, the popularity of its crude has grown over the last few years and it boasts a broad global reach.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 400 am EDT/800 GMT
Saudi Arabia's state-owned Saudi Aramco is expected to announce sharp cuts in its official selling price differentials for light and heavier grades loading in November for Asian buyers, reflecting lower spot differentials last month and steeper contango in the Dubai market structure.
Houston (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 534 pm EDT/2134 GMT
Canadian crudes continued to climb Thursday following the National Energy Board's announcement that Enbridge's Line 9B reversal has received final regulatory approval to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands to refineries in Quebec.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 832 am EDT/1232 GMT
The differential between the CIF Augusta and CIF Rotterdam Urals markets has hit its narrowest level in nearly two months, as ample sour crude availability in the Mediterranean has weighed on prices, Platts data showed.
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Houston (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 444 pm EDT/2044 GMT
NYMEX November natural gas futures settled 1.8 cents higher at $2.451/MMBtu Friday as the market got a bit of support from a slipping gas rig count and it appeared Hurricane Joaquin would steer clear of making landfall on the US East Coast.
Brussels (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 904 am EDT/1304 GMT
The EU officially started its push toward more within-day gas balancing on Thursday with the formal application of the EU gas balancing network code.
Sydney (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 454 am EDT/854 GMT
Australia's liquids production is expected to increase to 413,000 b/d in the financial year ending June 2018, up from 328,000 b/d in 2014-2015, according to the latest forecast from the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Houston (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 530 pm EDT/2130 GMT
The October bidweek price at the benchmark Henry Hub declined 8 cents to $2.56/MMBtu as most other prices outside of the Northeast also fell, Inside FERC's Gas Market Report said Thursday.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 756 am EDT/1156 GMT
UK winter gas supplies are at their lowest price going into the season this decade as concerns over Russian supplies have been subdued, oil prices are weak, LNG supply is strong and temperatures are mild.
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Portland, Maine (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 542 pm EDT/2142 GMT
The California Independent System Operator will begin using a competitive solicitation process early next year to acquire backstop capacity when there are unexpected shortages or grid reliability issues under a plan approved by federal regulators.
London (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 900 am EDT/1300 GMT
Global growth in renewable energy sources, which will see the addition of 700 GW of capacity over the next five years, will be driven by falling costs and strong expansion in emerging markets, but policy uncertainties could stall the momentum, the IEA said in a report released Friday. Renewable energy will represent the largest single source of power generation growth over the next five years, which holds great promise for affordably mitigating climate change and enhancing energy security, the IEA said in its Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015.
Washington (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 538 pm EDT/2138 GMT
Only large companies with high credit ratings that have utilities in regulated markets can build nuclear plants in the US, and are the only ones likely to move forward with new reactors, Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning said Thursday.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 810 am EDT/1210 GMT
German wind turbines already generated more electricity in the year to September than in the whole of last year, German utility lobby group BDEW said Thursday, warning that grid expansion needs to get priority in order to accommodate the growing number of wind turbines.
Houston (Platts)--30 Sep 2015 601 pm EDT/2201 GMT
The Houston Import Project flap has highlighted Electric Reliability Council of Texas generation and transmission owners' competing interests, and attendees of a regional trade conference on Wednesday received a thorough briefing -- but no resolution -- of the issues involved.
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London (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 906 am EDT/1306 GMT
South African thermal coal exports in August dropped 5.9% on the year to 5.73 million mt, with lower shipments to Europe, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the US, according to customs data released late Thursday.
Perth (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 1254 am EDT/454 GMT
Coal shipments from Gladstone port to India jumped to 1.68 million mt in September, their highest monthly total recorded to date, and up 27% on 1.32 million mt exported to the south Asian country in August, the Australian port said in an operating report Friday.
Houston (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 535 pm EDT/2135 GMT
The outlook for the North American coal industry remains "negative" as the prices for both metallurgical and thermal coal remain low and consumption continues to drop, Moody's Investors Service said in a report Thursday.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 1130 am EDT/1530 GMT
A Colombian court has announced a 15-day moratorium starting Thursday on the six-hour nighttime coal transportation ban on the country's main coal railway Fenoco, according to court papers seen Wednesday by Platts.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 828 am EDT/1228 GMT
Turkey's August imports of bituminous thermal coal rose to its highest monthly volume since January at 2.281 million mt, a 37% rise year-on-year and up 13% from July's 11-month lows, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) published late Wednesday.
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Houston (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 556 pm EDT/2156 GMT
A spot ethylene cargo of 3,000-4,000 mt from Mexico's Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo is up for tender this month, a source close to PMV said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 909 am EDT/1309 GMT
Russia's ESPO blend crude, a popular medium-sweet crude among North Asian refiners, will begin loading in larger clip sizes from November, with the economies of scale likely benefiting spot differentials for the grade, market sources said this week.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 1131 pm EDT/331 GMT
The threat of a possible strike to be led by bunker fuel barge operators on October 5 at South Korea's southeastern port of Busan has raised concerns about bunker fuel disruption and shored up prices, South Korean traders said Friday morning.
Perth (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 815 am EDT/1215 GMT
The Port Waratah terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia shipped 611,000 mt of coal exports to China in September, down 30% from August's 878,000 mt and the lowest monthly volume since 608,000 mt in March, the Australian company said in an operating report Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 1240 am EDT/440 GMT
The Suezmax market in the Americas has reversed itself, turning from bullish to bearish in a matter of days.
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Houston (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 541 pm EDT/2141 GMT
Braskem has raised prices for all polyethylene grades in Brazil by roughly Real 400/mt ($101/mt), a company source said Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 908 am EDT/1308 GMT
European petrochemical producer Styrolution has reduced its acrylonitrile butadiene styrene prices in October by Eur120/mt ($133.9/mt), the company said on its website.
Houston (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 539 pm EDT/2139 GMT
Mexico's Pemex Petroquimica plans to shut the steam cracker at its Morelos complex on October 12 for its month-long maintenance, a source with knowledge of company operations said Thursday.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 808 am EDT/1208 GMT
Pre-buying in the Northwest European polyethylene terephthalate market in September combined with scheduled turnarounds in the fourth quarter supported an increase in the October spot price, according to sources.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 353 am EDT/753 GMT
Tight supply and firm demand have kept Asian isomer-grade mixed xylenes prices relatively steady in September despite downstream weakness.
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Sao Paulo (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 449 pm EDT/2049 GMT
A strong US dollar compared with the Brazilian Real and a wish to recompose margins drove Brazilian long steel producers to price hikes already in effect for October shipments, sources said Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 911 am EDT/1311 GMT
Aurubis, the world's largest copper recycler, will reduce its refined copper premiums charged to buyers for 2016 to $92/mt, a drop of $18/mt from 2015, spokeswoman Michaela Hessling said in an email Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 910 am EDT/1310 GMT
Imports of gold bars into India totalled 41.7 mt in September, down 71% from August, customs data showed Friday.
Tokyo (Platts)--2 Oct 2015 452 am EDT/852 GMT
Spot prices of high-carbon ferrochrome in Asia slipped this week on slow demand from China due to the holiday lull after two weeks of stability.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 533 pm EDT/2133 GMT
Platinum's premium over palladium fell to its lowest in 13 years Thursday, amid uncertainty surrounding the future of diesel technology and concerns the Volkswagen emissions scandal could push car buyers towards gasoline cars.
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Santos, Brazil (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 537 pm EDT/2137 GMT
Ethanol's share of the fuel mix in Brazil is expected to increase over the next few months following a decision by Petrobras to increase gasoline and diesel prices.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 807 am EDT/1207 GMT
The Platts T2 ethanol assessment averaged Eur581.34/cu m in September, just Eur0.76/cu m lower than in August, amid shortness of supply in Rotterdam and sustained seasonal demand.
London (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 630 am EDT/1030 GMT
Ethanol's share of the fuel mix in Brazil is expected to increase over the next few months following a decision by Petrobras to increase gasoline and diesel prices.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Oct 2015 544 am EDT/944 GMT
Philippine ethanol prices for the first half of September rose over 3.0% month on month to Peso 54.70/liter ($1.17/liter), as cumulative domestic raw sugar production remained at a two-year low, statistics from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) showed.
Houston (platts)--30 Sep 2015 603 pm EDT/2203 GMT
US ethanol stocks fell to 18.782 million barrels in the week ended September 22, down 118,000 barrels from the four-month high in the prior week, Energy Information Administration data showed Wednesday.
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