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The Barrel Blog

July 22, 2015
Banks are continuing to adjust their roles in commodity trading, including for oil, natural gas, metals, iron ore, freight and more. What does it mean for markets?
July 21, 2015
The company has taken a major step towards a five-year dream to create a virtual gas pipeline across the Atlantic.
July 16, 2015
Natural gas surpassed coal for power generation in the US in April; what does the future look like for all of North America?
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Weak spot demand keeps Asian LNG prices rangebound
July 21, 2015
In Asia, summer is typically characterized by an increase in power demand. What makes this summer different and how is it affecting LNG prices?
US natural gas sets records while height of summer still to come
July 15, 2015
July has already yielded records in the US gas landscape: the spot price at the Algonquin city-gates at its lowest in more than a decade, and the year-to-date max for power burn.
European gas hubs liquidity growth and challenges
July 10, 2015
Platts interviews Patrick Heather, senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, on European natural gas hubs liquidity growth and the challenges they face.
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Commodity Pulse

Coal gasification: Could it lift the industry out of the 'coaldrums'?

July 07, 2015 (10:06)

Platts editors discuss some of the more innovative methods some coal producers are using to manage ever challenging market conditions, focusing on underground coal gasification (UCG).

News Feature: African Energy Outlook

June 18, 2015
Cameroon's oil industry has been on something of a road to recovery in recent years, with the country seeing crude production rise to its highest level in more than a decade earlier this year.
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Nigeria should sell stakes in JVs with foreign partners
The Nigerian government should start selling off its stakes in oil joint ventures with foreign partners to ease funding issues.
Angola courts China to secure oil exports
The visit of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to China comes at a critical stage for Angola.

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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.

News Headlines

London (Platts)--30 Jul 2015 828 am EDT/1228 GMT
Shell is interested in returning to conventional gas projects in Iran if international sanctions on the oil and gas-rich country are lifted as expected later this year, the company's financial chief Simon Henry said Thursday.
London (Platts)--30 Jul 2015 809 am EDT/1209 GMT
NBP spot contracts on the UK's NBP natural gas hub increased in value early Thursday with demand higher than expected on firmer exports to the continent and colder temperatures boosting LDZ demand.
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North American Natural Gas Markets methodology Published November 2014

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