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April 03, 2014 (4:12)
James O'Connell analyzes price movements in the China coal indices, examines a settlement in Japan thermal coal annual contract talks and assesses the movement of Capesize freight rates during the past month.
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Kazakhstan to build major petrochemical complex by 2016
Paris (Platts)--24 Apr 2014 557 am EDT/957 GMT
Kazakhstan plans to build a major petrochemical complex by 2016 to produce higher-value products from associated petroleum gas that is currently mainly flared, according to an official at state-run KazMunaiGaz.
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India's energy policy impacted by elections
April 23, 2014 - Mriganka Jaipuriyar and Song Yen Ling discuss how India's upcoming election is shaping the country's oil and gas exploration policies.
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Haynesville Shale suffers as US gas production shifts
April 23, 2014 - Gas Daily editor Jim Magill explains how the Haynesville Shale, once a hot property for natural gas drilling in the US, has fallen out of favor as producers turn their attention elsewhere.
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Replenishing of US ethanol stockpiles lends bearish note to market
April 17, 2014 - Prices are still plunging as US ethanol stockpiles are regaining ground, thanks in part to imports from Brazil and other parts of South America.
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US steel sheet market still aching from harsh winter weather
April 16, 2014 - Mike Fitzgerald explains how the transportation of iron ore has been delayed by icy conditions in the Great Lakes, which in turn has kept steel producers from operating at full capacity.
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News Features

Haynesville Shale gas production slumps
April 23, 2014
Producers are taking a wait-and-see approach before committing significant resources to the once red-hot dry-gas play in Louisiana and Texas.
Olefins Rarity: Global Arbitrages Open
April 22, 2014
With arbitrage windows between Asia, Europe and the Americas open for the three main olefins, traders are looking to move cargoes on rare routes and at lower freight rates between the three major markets.
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RINs eerily calm ahead of imminent storm
After exploding onto the scene and becoming one of the most volatile commodities on the planet in 2013, those once-pesky biofuels RINs have been strangely subdued. The calm before the storm is especially peculiar alongside a rapidly growing confidence that the storm is imminent.
The future of the oil business is in the hands of welders
There are many stories about terrible shortages of good welders qualified to meet the exacting demands of places like nuclear power plants, oil refineries and the oil sands.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: The shale revolution and its impacts on aromatics supply, pricing and trade flows
The shale revolution in North America has seen steam cracker operators scramble to capitalise on cheap feedstocks particularly ethane. This on-going shift to lighter feed slates has however impacted on the heavier co-products such as propylene, butadiene and aromatics.
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