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October 31, 2014 (3:26)
Desmond Wong outlines how spot prices in Asia have failed to rise significantly, due to mild weather, resulting in high inventories and low demand for natural gas; and the impact on the key Japan-Korea Marker gas price.
October 27, 2014 (4:29)
James O'Connell explains how Chinese imports of Indonesian coal appear to be shifting while Australian coal may find some reprieve from coming Chinese regulations.
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We Energies wants double coal storage at Wisconsin's Oak Creek power plant
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--31 Oct 2014 559 pm EDT/2159 GMT
We Energies wants to spend $62 million to double the coal storage area at the 2,400-MW Oak Creek power plant on Lake Michigan south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, so that it can blend more Powder River Basin coal with Eastern coal on site and provide a hedge against inconsistent rail deliveries.
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OPEC Guide: No need for panic over oil price plunge, OPEC chief says
October 31, 2014
OPEC's Badri called this week for calm over plunging oil prices, saying fundamentals of supply and demand did not justify the extent of the slide and that OPEC crude output was unlikely to be significantly different in 2015 from that of the current year.
Global LNG Update: December JKM dips below $13.00/MMBtu
October 30, 2014
Ample availability of spot cargoes, coupled with high inventories, has driven LNG spot prices for December delivery to levels not seen since 2010, Platts data shows.
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Platts: Podcasts
Caustic soda prices move up after falling four consecutive quarters
October 31, 2014 - The current uptrend seen in European caustic soda prices amid tightened supply; EU ruling forcing a move away from mercury production.
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Oil, shipping sectors react to challenges presented by Ebola outbreak
October 30, 2014 - The impact on the oil, shipping markets of the Ebola outbreak in W. Africa; steps taken by the industry to continue loading operations in the region.
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Biomass: Industrial wood pellet market in grip of currency issue
October 30, 2014 - Euro weakness against the US dollar has caused European generators to source their spot wood pellets from local suppliers rather than from the US.
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Winter seems distant as shoulder season weighs on US gas markets
October 29, 2014 - Platts and Bentek natural gas team members discuss how US markets, from cash to forwards to futures, have seen price dips lately while production is continuing apace.
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LNG to the rescue at a revived Caribbean oil refinery?
As various Caribbean refineries closed, reopening them faced a problem. Even if you could get cheaper WTI-based crude to them, they would be competing against US refineries powered by lower-cost natural gas.
EIA analysis: Distillate stocks slide significantly
The most eye-popping number in this week's Energy Information Administration stock report was the large decline in distillate stocks. Read Platts analysis of the latest figures.
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Identifying price trends in the Turkey region long steel sector
This paper introduces new Platts analysis in identifying price trends and price direction signals in the Turkish rebar, billet and scrap markets. The Platts Turkey ARC Steel Tracker (Turkey ARC ) has been designed to analyze price relationships of inputs and outputs to regional electric arc furnaces and rolling mills, and the suitability of this model and scope for its data is examined.
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