Mexico Energy: Gas constraints drive up Mexico's July power prices
August 17, 2016 -Planned pipeline maintenance and an unplanned processing plant outage restricted gas supply into the Northeast region of Mexico, which in turn increased reliance on fuel oil and had implications for markets. Additionally, an $800 million proposed refined products project could help Mexico meet its growing gasoline demand and give the country greater pull in the competitive global market for refined products.
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Bullish on oil demand, OPEC says current price slide 'temporary'
August 09, 2016 -With speculation swirling over possible production freeze talks, OPEC on August 8 appeared to throw cold water on the idea, sounding an optimistic tone about the oil market, dismissing the recent price slump as "temporary," and declaring that higher demand is just around the corner.
African Energy Outlook: Nigeria's oil war festers as truce hopes fade
July 22, 2016 -The Nigerian oil industry risks sinking deeper into crisis in the months ahead with more disruptions to oil output and exports as the government's dialogue with militant groups have failed to curb violence in the Niger Delta.
Global Gas Update: Thanks to high regional prices, South America emerges as key US LNG market
July 27, 2016 -This feature, updated monthly, assesses the changing dynamics in the global natural gas industry. The latest stories focus on US LNG exports to South America, the disappointment of South Africa's Karoo shale and expectations for Japan's LNG import price through the latter half of 2016.
The dog that failed to bark: EU gas demand
June 01, 2015 -Natural gas demand in the EU fell 11.5% in 2014 to 417.5 Bcm, 21.9% lower than the 534.5 Bcm consumed in 2010. This was the fourth straight annual fall.
World nuclear performance gained in 2014 for first time since Fukushima
June 22, 2015 -World nuclear generation tracked by Platts in 2014 rose 1% compared to 2013, the first annual gain since the 2011 accident at Fukushima I in Japan curbed global nuclear output sharply, an analysis shows.
Traders weigh up prospects for China's thermal coal market in Q4
October 06, 2015 -The October-December trading period after China's Golden Week holidays is a crucial time of year for thermal coal shippers and traders as this is when they attempt to maximize sales to North Asian utilities preparing for the Northern Hemisphere winter season.
LDPE: US traders seeing limited volumes; Resin supply remains limited throughout LatAm
August 25, 2016 -This Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for polymer products, focusing on LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE and polypropylene.
Benzene: Few trades in SE Asia on wide buy, sell gap; LatAm prices increase despite lower energy
July 12, 2016 -This global Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for aromatics products, focusing on benzene, toluene and xylenes.
Asian petchem margins mostly positive in 2015 on low oil price
January 15, 2016 -Asian petrochemical production margins were mostly positive in 2015 due to lower feedstock costs, despite the bearishness seen across global energy and commodity markets in the year, Platts analysis showed January 14.
Q2 Dry Bulk Shipping Overview: Capesize freight rates showing signs of improvement
June 17, 2016 -Capesize freight rates in Q2 2016 began to see an improvement after they hovered within a 10% range of the lowest levels seen, through most of Q1.
Global Steel & Scrap Outlook: Scrap prices weaken in Turkey, rise in US; Asian HRC price inches upwards
August 23, 2016 -Analysis of key steel and scrap markets, focusing on scrap, hot-rolled coil, rebar and semi-finished products.
Nonferrous Metals Outlook: LME cash aluminum hits one-year high; Europe demand sluggish
July 18, 2016 -Analysis of key non-ferrous metals markets including aluminum, alumina, nickel, manganese, thermal coal, metallurgical coal and precious metals.
Grains Market Focus: Oct APW 30,000 mt loading bid heard at $205/mt FOB WA
August 17, 2016 -A bid for 30,000 mt of Oct-loading APW was heard at $205/mt FOB WA, according to Australian traders, which is in line with buying interest from a major SE Asian miller for Oct-Nov.
Global Sugar Markets Focus: EU sugar prices remain at levels where imports unattractive
August 11, 2016 -In-depth analysis of key global sugar markets focusing on Europe, Thailand and Brazil.