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Houston (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 356 pm EDT/1956 GMT
Net crude exporter Petroecuador issued a tender to import 30 million barrels of light sweet crude over the course of a year in an attempt to maximize diesel and gasoline production when its Esmeraldas refinery comes back online in the fourth quarter, market sources said Tuesday.
Moscow (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 814 am EDT/1214 GMT
Russia is ready to continue consultations with OPEC on oil price stabilization issues, deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Monday, commenting on a recent call by the group for cooperation between oil-producing nations to counteract the recent plunge in prices to multi-year lows.
Dubai (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 725 am EDT/1125 GMT
Kuwait's ministry of finance will wait on the results of a study into the potential consequences of lifting fuel, power and water subsidies before making any decision on whether to follow the UAE's lead in reforms, the minister of finance said Tuesday.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 529 am EDT/929 GMT
Indonesia's state-owned Pertamina is expected to import around 10.44 million barrels of gasoline in September, up from 10.11 million barrels in August, trade sources said this week.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 509 pm EDT/2109 GMT
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division expects the requirement that 45 counties around Atlanta use S and T gasoline grades to be struck from Georgia's State Implementation Plan any day now, opening the way for these counties to use the CBOB grades used in the rest of the southern US.
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Houston (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 541 pm EDT/2141 GMT
The US average spot monthly natural gas price for September fell 23 cents to $2.35/MMBtu, Inside FERC's Gas Market Report said Tuesday.
London (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 815 am EDT/1215 GMT
Natural gas futures traded volume on the Intercontinental Exchange on the Dutch Title Transfer Facility hub hit a record high last month after a fifth straight monthly increase, an analysis of data from ICE showed Monday.
Cairo (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 733 am EDT/1133 GMT
Italy's Eni has announced the discovery offshore Egypt of what it believes is the largest gas field ever found in the Mediterranean Sea, a region already renowned for its massive deep gas deposits.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 549 pm EDT/2149 GMT
The NYMEX October natural gas futures contract fell 2.6 cents Monday to settle at $2.689/MMBtu as traders focused on weather forecasts calling for more moderate temperatures by mid-September.
Tokyo (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 1007 am EDT/1407 GMT
LNG carrier Echigo Maru, which was set to deliver a cargo from Indonesia's Bontang facility to Japan's Kyushu Electric, is heading south after idling around Japan as the utility has limited tank space to receive the cargo, market sources said Monday.
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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.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 1015 am EDT/1415 GMT
Comments by Hawaii Governor David Ige this week has left Hawaiian Electric in a quandary regarding its plan to burn regasified LNG shipped from Canada in its oil-fired power plants, a source at the utility said Friday.
London (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 920 am EDT/1320 GMT
French prompt power prices climbed higher Friday as nuclear outages and low wind output was expected to tighten supply margins in the coming days, sources said.
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London (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 926 am EDT/1326 GMT
The Colombian government is studying the possibility of permanently shipping coal from its Norte de Santander mines, usually shipped through Venezuela, via its Caribbean ports of Santa Marta and Barranquilla instead, the Colombian transport ministry said Sunday.
London (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 852 am EDT/1252 GMT
Polska Grupa Energetyczna, Poland's largest power company, said Tuesday stricter environmental regulations meant it would try to make its coal-fired plants more efficient and accelerate the diversification of its generation assets, including by adding offshore wind to its portfolio.
Perth (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 412 am EDT/812 GMT
China's offtake of thermal and coking coal exports from the Port Waratah coal terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia rose 35% on the month to 878,000 mt in August, from 650,000 mt in July, terminal operator Port Waratah Coal Services said in an operating report Tuesday.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 432 pm EDT/2032 GMT
Oglethorpe Power's coal generation has dropped 28.2% year on year through the first half of 2015 from its two coal-fired power plants in Georgia and will continue to decrease as the power supply cooperative increases natural gas and nuclear generation, officials said Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 330 am EDT/730 GMT
Coal stocks at 16 major Indian ports totaled 12.6 million mt as of August 28, sliding 3.8% week on week, according to Indian shipbroker Interocean's data released Friday.
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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.
Perth (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 329 am EDT/729 GMT
Twenty one ships are set to load coal export cargoes at Australia's port of Newcastle this week, down from 34 a week ago and the lowest weekly number for 13 months, the Port Authority of New South Wales said Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 916 am EDT/1316 GMT
The fines imposed by the Singapore courts on unlicensed bunker fuel suppliers at the port are not severe enough to deter repeat offenders, according to trade sources.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 914 am EDT/1314 GMT
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said it has suspended a draft restriction scheduled to go into effect September 8 which would have affected almost 20% of vessels transiting the canal.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Aug 2015 522 am EDT/922 GMT
In a rare cargo movement, trading house Trafigura has chartered newly built VLCCs to move gasoil from South Korea to West Africa, traders and shipping industry executives said Thursday.
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Houston (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 426 pm EDT/2026 GMT
A spot ethylene cargo of approximately 4,000-mt from Mexico's Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo is up for tender this month, a source close to PMV said Tuesday.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 850 am EDT/1250 GMT
CFR Far East Asia polypropylene raffia rose $20/mt Tuesday from a 46-month low hit Monday, Platts data showed, as end-users stocked up following a rebound in feedstock naphtha prices and improving buying sentiment.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 506 pm EDT/2106 GMT
US exports of MTBE in June reached their highest level since December 2013, data released by the US Energy Information Administration showed Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 1020 am EDT/1420 GMT
Asia and the Middle East will lose around 525,300 mt of styrene monomer supply in the second-half of this year with a total 23.8 million mt/year production capacity shut for maintenance during the period, according to Platts calculations based on information from market and company sources.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 1019 am EDT/1419 GMT
Methanex has lowered it September North American methanol contract by 15 cents/gal to $1.10/gal ($367.50/mt) FOB USG, the Vancouver-based company said Friday.
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Sao Paulo (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 427 pm EDT/2027 GMT
US scrap market sentiment eroded further Tuesday as numerous mills canceled unshipped August dealer scrap, Turkish scrap import prices fell sharply and coastal scrap flowing inland emerged as another threat.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 1210 pm EDT/1610 GMT
Latin American countries imported 5 million mt of finished steel from China in the first seven months of 2015, 6% more than the 4.7 million mt imported in the same period in 2014, the Latin American Steel Association (Alacero) said Tuesday.
London (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 928 am EDT/1328 GMT
Direct reduction (DR) pellet premiums moved lower for September as participants looked to factor into contract pricing talks weaker overall pellet demand and DRI growth prospects in the Middle East for the current year.
London (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 854 am EDT/1254 GMT
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and Borsa Istanbul have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance bilateral relations, specifically linked to the trade of bullion, they said in a joint statement Tuesday.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 849 am EDT/1249 GMT
The iron ore lump premium swap and futures contracts launched Monday by the Singapore exchange (SGX) are expected to pick up more volume due to price volatility, sources said Tuesday.
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Montreal (Platts)--1 Sep 2015 428 pm EDT/2028 GMT
Hydrous fuel ethanol prices for consumers slipped last week in southeast Brazil and became more competitive against gasoline, hitting a parity level that is the lowest since 2010, according to the latest data from the country's National Petroleum Agency, or ANP.
Houston (Platts)--31 Aug 2015 507 pm EDT/2107 GMT
The US 2015-16 corn crop for the week ended Sunday was 68% in good or excellent condition, US Department of Agriculture data showed Monday.
Santos (Platts)--27 Aug 2015 357 pm EDT/1957 GMT
Ethanol sales in Colombia in July totaled 40.7 million liters, an increase of 18% compared with June and up 9% compared with July 2014 sales, data from Colombia's National Federation of Biofuels show.
Houston (Platts)--26 Aug 2015 344 pm EDT/1944 GMT
US ethanol production fell by 13,000 b/d to 952,000 b/d, its lowest level since May 8, Energy Information Administration data showed Wednesday.
London (Platts)--25 Aug 2015 935 am EDT/1335 GMT
The T2 ethanol FOB Rotterdam price Monday registered its biggest daily fall since the beginning of April, plummeting Eur23.50/cu m to a near three-month low of Eur554/cu m ($636/cu m), amid a risk-off attitude from buyers due to volatile currency and contagion from global financial markets, as well as signs of better than expected selling interest for September product.
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