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March 08, 2017
If you are in LNG today, you want to be in Asia, the world’s biggest market for the fuel. While there is opportunity, though, there also is uncertainty.
March 07, 2017
While Trump appeared to take at least partial credit an ExxonMobil project plan, a US government-enabled boost to domestic producers may be unnecessary.
February 07, 2017
The startup in January of LNG supplies to the small Mediterranean island state of Malta could be considered a mere drop in the ocean for the global LNG market.
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London (Platts)--24 Mar 2017 923 am EDT/1323 GMT
UK wholesale natural gas prices extended the previous session's losses with bearish sentiment continuing to dominate with a well-supplied gas system allied to expectations of weaker demand in the short-term.
Buenos Aires (Platts)--23 Mar 2017 418 pm EDT/2018 GMT
Tecpetrol, the fifth-biggest oil producer in Argentina, plans carry out a large scale development program in the Vaca Muerta shale play, targeting natural gas, the country's government said Thursday.
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Feature: The Trump Administration

February 28, 2017
In an address to a joint session of Congress February 28, President Donald Trump did not utter the word energy, or delve deeply into energy policy debates. But Trump touched on areas of interest to the sector.
Trump gives overview of policy, but no specifics on energy goals
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Factbox: In speech to Congress, Trump targets energy regulations
Factbox: In speech to Congress, Trump targets energy regulations
In a speech to a joint session of Congress February 28, President Donald Trump offered broad insight into his policy goals and reaffirmed his administration's push to rollback federal regulations.

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.


Northeast US coal burn increased in March even as retirements will impact power gen mix
March 22, 2017
- It seems Mother Nature decided to skip most of winter in the Northeast US this year, but a recent cold snap bumped up power and gas prices in March and the region's generation mix is still changing.
Asian thermal coal market: Japan April price talks, S Korean consumption tax in focus
March 20, 2017
- Senior editor Michael Cooper and associate editor Mia Corazon Aureus give an overview of Asian thermal coal markets.
Sizing up Trump's oil and energy policy initiatives from the Bone zone
March 06, 2017
- Ken Bone, the man behind the internet's most famous red sweater and a worker in the energy industry, shares his thoughts about President Donald Trump's energy policy path so far.
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Published February 2016

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