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August 17, 2014 (3:28)
Colombia's top-exported crude oil has gained strength due to the country's pipeline issues and increased interest from US Gulf Coast refiners. Platts senior managing editor, Richard Capuchino Jr., discusses the impact on Vasconia crude.
August 13, 2014 (4:47)
The price difference between spot LNG cargoes delivered to North Asia and West India has fallen to a record low. Max Gostelow, Asia LNG associate editor, discusses evolving trade flows in Asia, an oversupply in the region and the spread in the Indian market.
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Formosa Plastics delays planned turnaround at Texas steam cracker: sources
Houston (Platts)--19 Aug 2014 725 pm EDT/2325 GMT
US petrochemical producer Formosa Plastics will delay its 5-week planned turnaround of its Olefins 1 steam cracker in Point Comfort, Texas, set to start at the beginning of September, market sources said Tuesday.
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Natural gas prices waffle in well-supplied US markets
August 19, 2014 - In the wake of low cooling demand and large storage injections, US natural gas prices are searching for any real direction.
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Back to the future: What LaserDisc and corn have to do with condensate splitters and propane
August 18, 2014 - Platts senior oil editors Herman Wang and Brian Scheid take a trip down memory lane to look at the future of condensate splitters in the US and winter propane prices.
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Japan power peak season and LNG demand analysis
August 18, 2014 - Platts editors discuss how Japan's power market is coping with the peak season's demand; the possibility of restarting nuclear reactors; and other factors which could affect LNG demand in the short and long term.
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Texas considers plugging loophole in natural gas, oil pipeline process
August 14, 2014 - Jim Magill, an editor with Platts Gas Daily, explains how pipelines get the ability to use eminent domain and the potential changes the midstream sector could see in Texas.
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News Features

Steel Raw Material Analysis
August 19, 2014
Read highlights of the latest Platts steel raw materials news and pricing analysis, focusing on the global iron ore, coking coal, scrap and ferroalloys markets.
Crisis in Iraq: Oil and troubled water
August 15, 2014
ISIS's offensive has effectively partitioned Iraq, cutting off semi-autonomous Kurdistan from Baghdad and the south and establishing a "caliphate" that it may well seek to extend beyond Syria and Iraq.
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Petrodollars: China builds up its oil tanker fleet
James Bourne on how as well as widespread talk about Chinese oil demand, China is also increasing its demand for the ships that move that oil around.
Goodbye to all that: oil, empire and August 1914
Tim Worledge on how the First World War is a significant landmark in the formation of corporations that came to dominate the 20th century. The age of the oil majors had dawned.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report - Bakken: The King in the North
Platts launched on April 22 a new Bakken crude oil assessment representing the light sweet crude traded close to the wellhead at North Dakota terminals in the Williston Basin with the capacity to move crude by rail or by pipeline.
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