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European gas markets to remain attractive for spot LNG cargoes

December 19, 2014 (6:36)

Siobhan Hall discusses how the dramatic fall in Asian gas prices is bringing more LNG to the French market; how Europe will attract more LNG when European spot gas prices exceed Platts JKM netback values; and also at how the Belgian power market is coping with severe nuclear power supply shortages this winter.

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Colonial Line 1 space rises on arbitrage for Gulf Coast CBOB
Houston (Platts)--19 Dec 2014 501 pm EST/2201 GMT
Colonial Pipeline space strengthened Friday on a more attractive arbitrage to ship CBOB to the East Coast.
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Analysis & Data Features

December 19, 2014
Shifting price relationships in Latin America means some crude grades are finding new market opportunities, both within the region and beyond.
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Mexico's Maya crude price at levels not seen since May 2010
The calculated price for Mexico's Maya crude to the Americas is at a more than four-year low on falling crude and refined products prices, Platts data showed.
Higher freight rates encouraging crude exports out of Panama
Rising freight rates and less demand for Latin crudes on the US Gulf Coast has encouraged increased use of the Petroterminal de Panama.
Mexico ships crude cargo from Salina Cruz to Hawaii
A Panamax-sized cargo of crude is heading from western Mexico for delivery to Hawaii, data from Platts cFlow ship-tracking software showed.

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Liquidity Report: European gas traded volume update for November 2014
December 19, 2014
Platts European gas market reporters discuss November 2014 trading results, commenting on recent trends in gas trading across the region.
Americas crude oil production, transportation trends to continue into 2015
December 17, 2014
It was a tumultuous year for crude oil in the Americas, and Canadian, Latin American and US crudes will keep evolving into 2015.
Low gasoil prices dampen market appetite for biofuels in Asia
December 17, 2014
An overview of the biodiesel market's current situation given the decline in crude prices, and the ethanol market's expectations for 2015.
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Price Focus

Oman's crude oil differentials to front-month Dubai swaps have widened since a fire at the Mina Al Fahal refinery December 4 fueled concerns of additional prompt oil barrels spilling into the spot market. Platts on December 5 assessed cash Oman at $67.15/b, a discount of 44 cents/b to February Dubai swaps, widening from a discount of 24 cents/b on Thursday. However traders December 8 said they were yet to see any spot barrels offered by Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas following the fire at the 106,000 b/d refinery.

The Barrel Blog

December 19, 2014
Electricity capacity markets are between a hot and a cold place, and the strains are nowhere more evident than at the PJM Interconnection.
December 19, 2014
It was supposed to be one of the few things that could stop oil prices from falling further: a major producer in the Middle East closing oil export terminals.
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Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil ProductsPublished November 2014

The Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asia Products assessments.

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