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China holds hope for LNG exporters as gas price cut could restore demand growth

November 19, 2015 (5:25)

Platts editor Abache Abreu says China's new policy on domestic gas prices for non-residential users could potentially boost gas consumption in downstream industries such as power, manufacturing, transport and services.


November 16, 2015
It's almost summer in Australia, but that's not why oil and gas players are looking at it as a hotspot.
November 02, 2015
Brian Scheid and Herman Wang examine how the surge in US oil and gas production has put pressure on countries like Iran and Russia, as US diplomats are able to go into negotiations with greater leverage.
October 26, 2015
There are no Ewoks in this third installment, but Herman Wang and Brian Scheid complete their trilogy on US offshore oil and gas policy by examining the cancellation of future US Arctic lease sales.
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The Barrel Blog

October 30, 2015
On Oct. 29, the NYMEX November natural gas futures contract settled at $2.033/MMBtu. Here are some factors contributing to it being $1.61 lower than in 2014.
October 02, 2015
Chris Pedersen takes a look at how the US compares with other natural gas behemoths to see how the US natural gas industry compares from a few different perspectives.
September 16, 2015
EU energy regulators are about to find out what really goes on in the wholesale gas and electricity markets, as a new trade reporting obligation starts on October 7. This is a huge step toward more transparent markets, but what will regulators do with the data?
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News Feature: African Energy Outlook

August 20, 2015
Nigeria's president Buhari has more than lived up to his pledge to clean up the oil sector -- the sweeping changes across state oil firm NNPC in only a few months have been nothing short of staggering.
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Algeria has a lot riding on oil price recovery
It comes as little surprise that Algeria continues to be vocal about the need for action -- sooner rather than later -- to try to shore up low oil prices.
Chinese demand for Angolan crudes down on expected run cuts
Chinese refiners have slowed down their purchases of Angolan crudes after a buying spree earlier in the summer due to expected refinery run cuts.

Price Focus

Spot natural gas prices in the US Gulf Coast made small moves in either direction Monday on cooler-than-normal weather forecasts around the country and weakness in the NYMEX February futures contract. The cash price at Henry Hub edged a couple of cents lower to average around $2.90/MMBtu on IntercontinentalExchange. New Orleans is forecast to see highs in the mid-50s Jan 13, about 7 degrees below normal.

News Headlines

Barcelona (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 850 am EST/1350 GMT
The startup of the Iberian gas hub could add liquidity in the southern French TRS zone as well as Spain as the possibility of Spain-to-France gas exports via the expanded pipeline links moves nearer, panel members at the EMart conference in Barcelona said Wednesday.
Jakarta (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 328 am EST/828 GMT
Indonesia's Pertamina now estimates the long-awaited East Natuna block might not be ready for production until at least 2030, six years after the latest estimate of 2024, a senior official said Thursday.
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