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Prospects for Kazakhstan's oil sector in low price environment
October 07, 2015
Platts editors discuss the Kazakh oil sector, focusing on the impact of low global oil prices, cooperation with Chinese companies and the possible revival of swap deals with Iran.
A successful failure? What Shell pulling out of Alaska means for US Arctic oil production
October 05, 2015
After seven years and $7 billion, Shell's decision to abandon pursuing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic surprised many and could impact future E&P in the region.
How Myanmar copes with growing demand for refined oil products
October 02, 2015
Platts editors discuss the challenges faced by Myanmar's ageing refineries in trying to meet oil products demand, the role of fuel imports in the domestic market.
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News Feature: China's coal industry

October 06, 2015
The October-December trading period after China's Golden Week holidays is a crucial time of year for thermal coal shippers and traders.
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China's coal consumption statistics
Another issue for industry participants trying to judge the direction of the Chinese market for thermal coal is the reliability of statistics on the performance of China's coal industry. The US Energy Information Administration, a government agency, flagged in a September 16 report an intriguing decision by Beijing to radically restate its statistics for China's coal consumption between the years 2000 and 2013.

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US wheat exports up 0.5% in latest week to 567,500 mt: USDA
London (Platts)--8 Oct 2015 111 pm EDT/1711 GMT
US wheat exports for the week to October 1 totaled 567,500 mt, up 0.5% on the previous week and 2% above the four-week average, USDA data showed Thursday.
August US steel exports up 1.7% from July; down 21.2% on year: AIIS
Pittsburgh (Platts)--8 Oct 2015 110 pm EDT/1710 GMT
US mills exported 826,470 st of steel in August, up 1.7% from July, but down 21.2% from August 2014, the American Institute for International Steel reported Thursday.
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Middle East Crude Price Proposal

Dubai and Oman crude price assessments proposal explained

October 02, 2015 (9:35)

On September 3rd, 2015, Platts launched a formal public consultation on a proposal to broaden the volume of physical crude that can be delivered into its Dubai and Oman crude oil benchmarks. In this video Dave Ernsberger and Jonty Rushforth outline the context, and details of the proposed changes.

Price Focus

The physical 3.5 FOB Rotterdam barge market trended higher at the prompt February 27, with RMG material leaving Europe for arbitrage destinations, traders said. "The market is getting tighter for RMG...we expect stronger pricing for barges in March," one said. At the same time, supply was sufficient for cracked fuel oil, with a lot of straight run and M-100 being blended into the finished grade pool, albeit at relatively high costs, sources said.

The Barrel Blog

October 08, 2015
US exports of dried distillers grains to China peaked in May at more than $252 million, then fell off in July and cratered in August. Platts' Wes Swift explains what happened.
October 08, 2015
Platts' Tom Balcerek looks at the last 10 years of the US steel industry and how much longer the market could be wandering through the wilderness.
October 07, 2015
Many petrochemical companies are exploring the opportunities from the new supply of natural gas liquids derived from shale gas developments in Canada.
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Americas Refined Oil ProductsPublished January 2015

The Americas Refined Oil Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts American Products assessments.

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