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How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market

February 27, 2015 (7:18)

Platts and Bentek analyze recent trends in US coal production, the role of geography energy production costs, and the theoretical coal-to-gas switching potential.

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Dutch, German prompt, front-month gas prices ease on bearish fundamentals
London (Platts)--2 Mar 2015 1014 am EST/1514 GMT
Prompt and front-month gas prices posted some losses on a relatively well supplied system in continental Europe in the first session of the week, tracking plunging UK NBP prices equivalent.
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Production and power burn pull on US natural gas markets
February 18, 2015
Natural gas markets continue to have more muted movements this winter, with high production but increased demand -- especially for power burn -- influencing spot and forwards prices.
Interview: Dorothee Arns, Petrochemicals Europe, on the strengths, weaknesses of the industry
February 17, 2015
Dorothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe on the strengths and weaknesses of the region's industry.
Eastern US electric power markets settle into more seasonal norms
January 23, 2015
Winter in the US is starting to add upward pressure on wholesale power prices in the ISO-New England and PJM Interconnection.
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Feature: African Energy Outlook

February 05, 2015
When OPEC's Badri said that the world should produce low-cost oil before developing higher-cost resources, Libya was made an example of a country with vast unconventional potential.
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Libyan crude exports continue, cargoes moving further afield
Libyan crude exports are continuing, helped by cargoes being offered at the lowest values seen in years and despite production languishing at less than a third of capacity.
Africa's oil states facing fresh challenges in 2015
The slump in global oil prices will likely have more far reaching implications for African countries facing elections and states heading for first oil.

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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.

The Barrel Blog

February 18, 2015
It seems only yesterday that big winter storms or other extreme weather events could curtail or shut US natural gas production. But has this trend changed?
February 10, 2015
Just as their bigger international counterparts have moved quickly and decisively to cut capital expenditure, Australia’s oil and gas players have also been tightening their belts and reassessing asset values.
February 03, 2015
Last week, the Obama administration drew the ire of environmentalists when it revealed early plans to open some of the mid and south Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling.
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