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Seoul (Platts)--1 Dec 2015 228 am EST/728 GMT
South Korea's crude oil imports fell 3.7% on year in November, marking the first decline in more than a year.
Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 626 pm EST/2326 GMT
Enbridge said it is still eyeing a 2017 start date for the largest pipeline project in company history as oral testimony began in Canada Monday over the Line 3 replacement project.
Tehran (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 938 am EST/1438 GMT
Iran unveiled its hotly anticipated new petroleum contracts to dozens of international oil companies in Tehran Saturday, and the first set of new tenders could be released by late January, a senior Iranian oil official said.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 926 am EST/1426 GMT
Nigeria's crude oil and condensate production rose 4.16% month on month to 2.2 million b/d in September, but remained below the target of 2.34 million b/d due to funding challenges, state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said Sunday.
Seoul (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 335 am EST/835 GMT
South Korea's oil products demand is forecast to climb 2% on year to 858.6 million barrels in 2016, the country's state-run think tank said Monday.
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Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 623 pm EST/2323 GMT
The NYMEX January natural gas futures contract rebounded Monday from Friday's selloff to settle at $2.235/MMBtu, up 2.3 cents.
Tehran (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 929 am EST/1429 GMT
Sanctions on Iran's oil and gas sector could be lifted in the first week of January, according to Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Iran's deputy oil minister for international affairs Saturday, as the country seeks an agreement with OPEC to accommodate its extra barrels.
Buenos Aires (Platts)--29 Nov 2015 1024 pm EST/324 GMT
Juan Jose Aranguren, the next energy minister of Argentina, said Friday he will seek to rebuild investor confidence in the country by improving business conditions after taking office December 10.
London (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 829 am EST/1329 GMT
UK NBP spot gas prices were lower Friday morning following stronger supply from the Netherlands and Norway.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 634 am EST/1134 GMT
Platts January JKM ended the week at $7.175/MMBtu, down 30/MMBtu from 7.475/MMBtu last Friday.
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Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 408 pm EST/2108 GMT
Calpine plans to suspend operations on February 22, 2016 at its 91-MW cogeneration facility near Houston, but a major transmission project on which state regulators are to decide Thursday was not a factor, a spokesman said.
London (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 730 am EST/1230 GMT
Germany has added 81 MW of new solar PV capacity in October, bringing total installed solar PV capacity registered for funding to 39.484 GW, the latest monthly data from the federal grid regulator BNetzA shows.
London (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 852 am EST/1352 GMT
French prompt power prices fell Thursday after demand forecasts for Friday and into next week were revised lower amid an expected increase in wind generation in France and Germany, sources said.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--25 Nov 2015 435 pm EST/2135 GMT
While companies have been increasingly buying renewable energy for several years, Las Vegas is joining an emerging trend of US cities switching to green energy.
London (Platts)--25 Nov 2015 912 am EST/1412 GMT
The UN climate summit starting Monday in Paris is set to draw a line under the Kyoto Protocol and start afresh with a new deal that binds all nations together in an effort to tackle climate change, rather than only developed countries.
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London (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 928 am EST/1428 GMT
The UN global climate negotiations in Paris starting Monday are likely to drive further investment in renewable energy, prompt a switch to electrification in heating and transport and further curb coal-fired power, Swiss bank UBS said in a research note Monday.
Kiev (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 948 am EST/1448 GMT
Ukraine is seeking extra imports of anthracite coal from South Africa and other sources on looming shortages after supplies from Russia and territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions were suspended, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said Friday.
Hanoi (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 627 am EST/1127 GMT
Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries, or Vinacomin, plans to import 1.5 million-2 million mt of coal in 2016, up from about 500,000 mt this year, the company said Thursday.
London (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 854 am EST/1354 GMT
The board of directors of South African junior miner Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) have recommended that an offer be made to acquire Universal Coal for A$126.4 million (US$91 million), providing the company with immediate coal production and cash flow.
Perth (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 854 am EST/1354 GMT
Australia's competition regulator Thursday rejected undertakings from Canada-based infrastructure fund Brookfield Partners that were designed to address concerns over its takeover bid for Australian ports and rail operator Asciano.
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Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 405 pm EST/2105 GMT
Heavy fog that has plagued the US Gulf Coast for the last four days has lifted enough that Houston Pilots Monday have resumed boarding all vessels on the Houston Ship Channel, a dispatcher said.
London (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 930 am EST/1430 GMT
Danish company Torm has entered an agreement to purchase four fuel-efficient Long Range 2 tankers newbuildings costing around $200 million from Guangzhou Shipyard International, Torm said Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 655 am EST/1155 GMT
Singapore ex-wharf 380 CST bunker fuel term contracts for December have been concluded at premiums of $1-$1.50/mt to the Mean of Platts Singapore 380 CST high sulfur fuel oil assessments, trade sources said Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 625 am EST/1125 GMT
As Persian Gulf freight rates lurk around their lowest levels for the year, some shipowners are chartering out their LR1 ships for voyages into the US in the hope of finding better returns in a relatively stronger West market. At least five LR1 ships have been fixed in the last one week on the West Coast India-US Atlantic Coast routes, significantly below the last done rates, amid a better outlook for the LR1 rates in the West.
Singapore (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 858 am EST/1358 GMT
New York listed Scorpio Bulkers said Thursday it had sold six Capesize vessels -- two existing and four under construction -- to unaffiliated third parties for approximately $227 million.
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Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 407 pm EST/2107 GMT
Venezuela's polypropylene producer Propilven is considering an expansion project and a new line at its Ana Maria Campos petrochemical complex, a source with knowledge of company operations said Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 949 am EST/1449 GMT
Polyethylene shipments from Singapore to India are expected to pick up in the long term following a free trade agreement taking effect December 1, sources said Friday.
Jakarta (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 901 am EST/1401 GMT
Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina has signed a heads of agreement for a $5.5 billion upgrade of the Cilacap refinery with Saudi Aramco, president director Dwi Soetjipto said in a statement Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 900 am EST/1400 GMT
US export PVC prices dropped $20/mt Wednesday to be assessed by Platts at $620-$630/mt FAS Houston, following talks of strong supply in November and December, weak global demand and declining ethylene feedstock prices, sources said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--25 Nov 2015 957 am EST/1457 GMT
Northwest European styrene monomer feedstock costs for December are set to rise as a bullish ethylene market is expected to outweigh stability in the benzene market ahead of the styrene MCP settlement due early next week, industry sources said.
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Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 431 pm EST/2131 GMT
After nearly 30 months of unsuccessful labor negotiations, US copper producer Asarco plans on Tuesday to unilaterally implement its "last, best and final" contract offer to the United Steelworkers union, a union official said Monday.
London (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 923 am EST/1423 GMT
Falling iron ore swaps prices Monday after a recent run of daily falls has left benchmark FOB Brazil prices potentially hedgeable into the low $20s/dry mt for loading in 2016, according to Platts analysis.
London (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 924 am EST/1424 GMT
Participants in the Indian gold market are anticipating a further drop in the dollar price of gold before the end of 2015, with one dealer saying that while current demand was strong, volumes of gold purchased will rise considerably if the Federal Reserve increases interest rates in December.
Santiago, Chile (Platts)--29 Nov 2015 1012 pm EST/312 GMT
Codelco lifted copper production during the first nine months of the year but earnings were almost halved by the slump in copper and molybdenum prices, CEO Nelson Pizarro said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 831 am EST/1331 GMT
Spot export trading in Chinese electrolytic manganese metal (EMM) on a FOB basis continued to be extremely thin due to the absence of buying interest, while offers generally remained though tightening supply may lend some support, market sources said Friday.
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Washington (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 404 pm EST/2104 GMT
The US Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced its long-awaited final Renewable Fuel Standard mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016, raising them several hundred million gallons over the levels proposed in May, breaching the 10% blend wall, and avoiding a "reset" provision that had concerned the biofuels industry.
Washington (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 1039 am EST/1539 GMT
The US Environmental Protection Agency will announce its long-awaited final three-year Renewable Fuel Standard this afternoon, according to sources familiar with the agency's deliberations.
London (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 649 am EST/1149 GMT
A jump of Eur37.50/cu m to Eur658/cu m in the price of T2 ethanol Friday was mirrored in the paper market which saw the front month swap move up Eur34/cu m to Eur625/cu m and the second-month swap move up Eur28/cu m to Eur595/cu m, both the highest since July 31, 2013.
Singapore (Platts)--29 Nov 2015 1021 pm EST/321 GMT
Rabobank expects Bursa Malaysia palm oil prices of around MR2,350/mt ($550/mt) in Q1 2016 rising to around MR2,450/mt in the last two quarters of 2016, it said in a report released Friday.
London (Platts)--27 Nov 2015 1049 am EST/1549 GMT
The UK's only sugarcane refiner has welcomed the findings of a report published by the UK government this week suggesting the raw sugar import-dependent sector is set to lose out the most when quotas on domestic beet production are abolished in 2017.
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