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October 25, 2016
Moving toward the brink of war is about as serious as a geopolitical relationship can get — and that is where Moscow and Ankara found themselves after NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on the border with Syria on November 24 last year.
July 28, 2016
The expanded Panama Canal will allow US LNG producers to deliver their cargoes to select destinations in South America and Asia faster and cheaper.
July 26, 2016
It's business as usual from the EU side on energy issues. Fears that the UK might miss out on EU funding for energy projects are so far unfounded.
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Platts Snapshot

Japan's oil products, natural gas pricing at a crossroads

2016-10-04 10:00:00 EST

Japan’s oil refining sector is facing the what is possibly its biggest reorganization in the last decade, and the LNG spot market is poised to experience even greater commoditization and liquidity.

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Houston (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 539 pm EDT/2139 GMT
In the final day of trading before expiration, the NYMEX November natural gas futures contract fluctuated around Wednesday's settlement before ultimately rising 3.3 cents to close at $2.764/MMBtu Thursday following the release of the US Energy Information Administration's storage report.
London (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 855 am EDT/1255 GMT
Near-term UK wholesale natural gas prices were mixed in early Thursday trade with the UK gas system seen comfortable on weak demand, with the NBP curve gaining in value after Wednesday's steep losses.
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Feature: Global Gas Update

August 01, 2016
High regional gas prices in South America, most notably Argentina, are attracting US exports of domestically produced LNG, with more than 70% of landed cargoes arriving on the continent so far this year, according to new data compiled by Platts Analytics' Eclipse Energy.
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South Africa's Karoo shale disappointing
There may not be as much in Africa’s shale gas treasure chest as everyone thought and it looks likely to prove expensive to extract what there is.
Japan's LNG import price to average $6.60/MMBtu CIF for Jul-Dec, $7.40/MMBtu in 2017: IEEJ
Japan's LNG import price over July-December is expected to average $6.60/MMBtu CIF and will likely rise to $7.40/MMBtu for calendar year 2017 on the back of higher crude oil prices, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan said.

Price Focus

Spot natural gas prices throughout the Northeast have remained relatively low this winter as continued unseasonably mild weather has depressed regional gas demand. Prices have remained well below the double-digit dollar highs set during the prior two winters.


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.
Europe's 'bright' ethane future
September 20, 2016
- Evergas CEO, Steffen Jacobsen, talks about the future of transatlantic ethane trade and how Evergas and Ineos have pioneered it.
South China Sea ruling keeps oil, commodities trade on tenterhooks
July 22, 2016
- The areas being claimed by China are believed to be rich in oil and gas resources, and the South China Sea itself is a crucial transit route for various commodities going to key markets like Japan and South Korea.
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Published February 2016

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