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Brussels (Platts)--29 Sep 2016 951 am EDT/1351 GMT
European refineries are looking at improving their efficiency by increasing flexibility in order to meet rising challenges from alternative fuels, environment legislation and global competition, said delegates at a refining conference in Brussels Thursday.
London (Platts)--29 Sep 2016 949 am EDT/1349 GMT
Platinum prices are little changed this week following the news that wage negotiations broke down between South Africa's second largest union, the National Union of Mineworkers, and the country's largest platinum producers, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum (Implats).
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The Barrel Blog

September 29, 2016
It has come as no surprise that Chinese steel market sources feel a bit more cheerful this year.
September 28, 2016
You do not have to go too far to find a sugar analyst or physical trader who will tell you the price rally is overdone, explains David Elward.
September 27, 2016
Investors have been burnt before, and are now skeptical that OPEC will overcome its internal divisions and agree to do something about chronically low oil prices.
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News and Data Feature: Global Aromatics Pricing Analysis

September 26, 2016
Asia benzene fell $1/mt from September 22 to $629/mt FOB Korea September 23 amid lower discussions heard; in Europe, spot price of benzene for 5-30 days forward loading was assessed at $670.50/mt CIF ARA, down $3/mt on the day. Latin benzene was assessed $19/mt lower week on week at $627-$629/mt FOB Brazil on September 23, tracking US pricing lower.
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Toluene: „Arbitrage from NWE to US becomes marginal; disproportionation economics in US attractive
The European spot price of toluene rose $0.50/mt on Friday and was assessed at $542/mt FOB ARA for the 5-30 days forward loading assessment.
Xylenes: Limited US supply supports gain; S Korean producers focus on November sales
US spot mixed xylene pricing for September rose 2 cents/gal week on week to a Friday assessment of 213 cents/gal ($645/mt) FOB USG.

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The Japan Korea Marker (JKM) benchmark price assessment is for spot physical cargoes delivered ex-ship into the two countries with the largest share of LNG imports, Japan and South Korea.


Phase out of mercury cell technology in European chlor-alkali sector
September 29, 2016
- Dolf van Wijk, executive director of Euro Chlor, assesses the EU's chlor-alkali deadline for the phase out of mercury cell technology by December 2017 and the likely impact on the sector.
How shaken up is the US oil, gas industry by earthquakes' spike?
September 26, 2016
- Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon look at the spike in earthquakes in Oklahoma and neighboring states, areas that contributed to the US oil and gas boom.
Improving the competitiveness of European petrochemicals: room for growth?
September 26, 2016
- Dorothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic petrochemicals programme, talks about how low oil prices have improved the competitiveness of European petchem producers.
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M2M-NGL Forward Curves

Published February 2016

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