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A conflict resolution for Iran oil sanctions? 'Take care of yourself and each other', said one Mr. Springer
April 20, 2015
Scheid and Wang put their conflict resolution skills to the test as they stage an intervention between Obama and Congressional lawmakers.
Short-term resurgence of NWE LSFO barge demand
April 17, 2015
Platts European oil editors discuss the surprising resurgence in Northwest European low sulfur fuel oil barge demand seen in the first half of April.
RINs market rattled by US EPA announcement
April 16, 2015
The US EPA announced it would finally release blending obligations, and the RINs market had a big jump in response to the announcement.
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CERA 2015: Countries need to make contract terms more competitive: Oxy CEO
Houston (Platts)--20 Apr 2015 816 pm EDT/016 GMT
In an oil-price climate that is expected to continue to be volatile going forward, countries around the globe need to make their contract terms more competitive, Occidental Petroleum's CEO said Monday.
CERA 2015: Interior secretary signals five-year offshore plan could be reduced
Houston (Platts)--20 Apr 2015 645 pm EDT/2245 GMT
US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell indicated Monday that the Obama administration's five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing could include fewer lease sales and fewer offshore plays before it is finalized, despite an industry push for the plan to include more sales in additional offshore areas.
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Gas & Power Watch - North America

Will the drop in rig count translate to an overall decline in US natgas production?

April 17, 2015 (3:48)

Bentek analysts on the 2015 production outlook for US natural gas given the decline in rig count over the past few months.

Feature: Light Houston Sweet Analysis

April 16, 2015
A lower differential for West Texas Intermediate in Midland, Texas, weighed on the market for light sweet crude in Houston, as the differential for Light Houston Sweet declined week on week.
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Infographic: Platts Light Houston Sweet
Much has been made of the domestic light sweet crude flooding US markets, and we attempted to capture some key points about some of that oil in this infographic centered on one of Platts key price assessments: Light Houston Sweet.
Platts Light Houston Sweet: New pricing for a new market
Read the white paper produced by Platts' crude and pricing teams.

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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

April 20, 2015
As we have in years gone by, we’re highlighting parts of the IHS Energy CERAWeek here on The Barrel. Monday's topics were mostly about oil, and editors share their thoughts here.
April 20, 2015
One of the main lessons from the Keystone XL pipeline saga for Canadian oil producers is that they need to take greater control of their destiny.
April 17, 2015
This time a year ago, the United States produced about 66 Bcf/d of natural gas and the national average price of next-day delivered natural gas was $4.59/MMBtu.
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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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