Platts Video Archives
Platts launches LNG assessment for Middle East
January 13, 2017 06:27:08 EST
We look at Platts Middle East Marker (MEM) price assessment which reflects the growing importance of the Middle East as an LNG import destination rather than just exporter of cargoes.
European gas outlook for 2017
January 12, 2017 06:27:08 EST
Stuart Elliott, senior writer, European gas and LNG, takes a look at the trends to look out for this year, and why the picture for European gas is one of robust supply and good demand.
Five commodity themes to watch closely in 2017
December 22, 2016 09:27:08 EST
Against the dramatic political and economic surprises of 2016, S&P Global Platts President Martin Fraenkel lays out his five themes to focus on in commodity markets in 2017.
Key EU panel vote to shape carbon market future
December 13, 2016 06:59:35 EST
EU carbon allowance prices may react to a key vote on December 15 by the EU Parliament’s environment committee. At stake are the rules governing the annual decline of the CO2 cap after 2020.
Glencore makes bold move with splash into Rosneft
December 09, 2016 13:05:42 EST
We report on trading and mining giant Glencore having stepped up its game in Russia, tying up an $11.3 billion joint deal with Qatar for a stake in state-run oil producer Rosneft which will give it greater access to Russia's key crude exports.
OPEC has every incentive to make landmark oil deal work
December 06, 2016 06:11:05 EST
Despite a checkered past with sticking to crude production cuts, there is a compelling case that OPEC and other key oil producers will rein in output over the next six months, argues Paul Hickin.
Winners and losers of Europe's natural gas price convergence
November 10, 2016 07:12:27 EST
New infrastructure, increased prevalence of hub pricing and sluggish overall demand have driven Europe's natural gas prices ever-closer to convergence, pushing market participants to seek value in the short-term.
What will be Donald Trump’s impact on the energy industry?
November 09, 2016 03:00:00 EST
Herman Wang, senior writer, examines what Donald Trump’s victory means for the energy industry including its impact on fossil fuel production, industry regulation and the fate of President Barack Obama's clean air policies.
Weakness in clean LR tanker market set to continue
October 24, 2016 06:30:36 EST
With LR tanker freight rates in the Atlantic at historical lows and putting heavy pressure on shipowners' earnings, our editors discuss the main forces behind this sorry situation.
European power prices rally on reactor outages, coal gains
October 13, 2016 10:42:13 EST
Increased cross-border demand from France is putting Germany on track to become Europe's biggest exporter of electricity this year with Germany's installed wind capacity approaching 50 GW this winter.
One year to EU sugar quota abolition - are you ready?
October 06, 2016 08:53:07 EST
With less than one year to go until the EU ushers in a new era for the sugar industry, David Elward considers the implications of the change on production, exports and world pricing dynamics.
Japan's oil products, LNG pricing at crossroads
October 04, 2016 10:00:00 EST
Japan’s oil refining sector is facing the what is possibly its biggest reorganization in the last decade, and the LNG spot market is poised to experience even greater commoditization and liquidity.
Platts to launch FOB Fujairah oil product assessments
September 20, 2016 05:30:00 EST
Platts to publish independent, outright assessments on a free-on-board Fujairah basis for 95 RON gasoline; 10 parts per million sulfur gasoil and 500 ppm gasoil; jet fuel; and 380-centistoke fuel oil.
Toluene-to-benzene conversion economics turn positive
August 23, 2016 09:11:08 EST
S&P Global Platts Petrochemicals pricing specialist, Thordur Gunnarsson, on the underlying reasons for the changing European toluene-to-benzene landscape and what Q4 holds for both products.
Speculators help fund sugar market revival
June 16, 2016 14:35:57 EST
David Elward looks behind speculators' decision to target sugar, with it having offered significantly higher returns than other commodities, including crude oil and precious metals.
Coal's future in Asia's changing energy mix
June 09, 2016 00:30:35 EST
Cautious optimism was widely felt at the recent Coaltrans Asia event in Indonesia as thermal coal prices have been on an uptrend for about six weeks. But how long can this last, with many Asian countries looking at scaling back coal-fired power generation?
All eyes on China at the Global Metals Awards
June 01, 2016 12:36:21 EST
Following another successful edition of Platts' flagship metals awards gala, S&P Global Platts editors look back at some of the main topics discussed by the industry's leaders.
The Doha oil freeze fiasco: What lies ahead?
April 21, 2016 11:43:50 EST
Platts senior editor Eklavya Gupte explores some of the ramifications on the global oil markets of the failure by major oil producers to agree on an output freeze in Doha.
Mini price boom not enough to save Tata Steel UK
April 08, 2016 10:40:05 EST
Platts editors discuss the problems facing the Tata Steel Port Talbot plant and UK steelmaking in general, with Chinese HRC into the country falling and steel prices on the rise.
2016: A buyer's market for Asian LNG?
March 17, 2016 04:00:56 EST
Many LNG buyers in Asia are adopting a wait-and-see approach to see how low prices could go before picking up cargoes.
Post-sanctions Iran: enthusiastic about steel expansion
March 16, 2016 15:33:56 EST
Platts editors discuss Iran's announcement that it plans to more than double steelmaking capacity to 55 million mt/year by 2025, which would make it one of the world's top ten steelmaking nations.
Are Asian oil refiners set for a second Golden Age?
March 10, 2016 07:20:00 EST
Platts senior managing editor Jonathan Nonis examines whether or not some market observers are correct in saying that Asian refiners are now enjoying a second Golden Age.
What's driving volatility in oil prices
March 01, 2016 11:10:00 EST
Platts Chief Content Officer Martin Fraenkel explains why oil price volatility is climbing and how it's distinct from a downward price trend.
Asian paraxylene methodology explained
January 22, 2016 05:33:00 EST
Platts editors Gustav Holmvik and Ng Baoying explain Platts' reasons behind the changes in paraxylene assessment from January 4, 2016.
Oil outlook 2016: Collapsing crude, the return of Iran and deeper capex cuts
January 15, 2016 11:17:55 EST
With crude pricesfalling a further 17% since the start of 2016, Platts editors gather to look at the big trends, themes and issues for the year ahead. They discusswhether the incredible change in the spread between the WTI and Dated Brent crude benchmarks has become the 'new normal'; how, amid unrelenting OPEC outputand oversupplied markets,the expected fall in US crude shale oilproduction may be offset by the return of Iranian oil.
In the balance: North Sea oil struggles to adapt
January 05, 2016 15:26:42 EST
With oil in the grip of sustained low prices, Britain's North Sea oil companies are among those hoping against hope for a recovery. Nick Coleman looks at the future of both crude production, and the level of investment in exploration and production in the region, as well as the longer terms prospects for oil economics in the North Sea.
The 5 big themes in commodities for 2016
December 22, 2015 13:59:46 EST
From crude, to coal, to steel, 2015 has proven to be anextraordinary year for commodity markets with prices crashing across the complex. In this video, Platts Chief of Content, Martin Fraenkel, picks five themes which have the potential to surprise commodity markets in 2016.
CFR China benzene assessment, methodology explained
December 21, 2015 05:33:00 EST
Platts associate editorial director Prema Viswanathan and associate editor Genevieve Soong explain Platts' reasons for the new assessment, as well as the methodology involved in the price discovery process.
Floors and ceilings: has OPEC changed its philosophy?
December 10, 2015 12:09:20 EST
Margaret McQuaile argues that the lack of an OPEC oil output ceiling does not make a great deal of difference in a practical sense, but that philosophically there seems to have been a change.
Changes to Dubai and Oman crude price assessments
November 24, 2015 15:08:13 EST
Following a two-month consultation period that ended October 30, Platts is moving forward with some substantial changes to its Dubai and Oman crude oil benchmarks.
Do signs suggest lower US natural gas prices this winter?
November 05, 2015 08:30:51 EST
Chris Pedersen examines the disconnect between US gas supply and demand with an eye on the winter and asks whether markets could see an uptick in volatility, as well as where average prices could be in the first quarter of 2016.
LNG overload: gas experiences a cyclical hangover
November 03, 2015 11:44:51 EST
Amid the glut of gas saturating markets, and million of tonnes of additional gas green-lit to come on line in the next 5 years, competition among producers has ramped up significantly.
Top 250 Energy Company Rankings 2015: a game-changing year
October 27, 2015 15:28:48 EST
Robert Perkins analyses how seismic shifts in world energy production and consumption have impacted Platts Top 250 Energy Company Rankingsfor 2015. He also assesses the difficult financial outlook many energy companies now face because of the steep downturn in oil prices.
Shale’s tale: how technology changed world oil markets
October 26, 2015 14:06:54 EST
US and Canadian shale has proved a game-changer for an entire industry. In this video, Ross McCracken examines how shale players'transition to 'factory' modes of production,and theirextraordinary compression of the investment and oil production cycle has changed world crude flows and markets.
Will the lights go out on UK power this winter?
October 22, 2015 12:22:58 EST
With generation capacity margins shrinking, commentators are debating what it will take to keep the lights on in the UK this winter. Henry Edwardes-Evans steps back from the speculation and looks at what the powerdata is actually telling us.
All eyes on OPEC's next move as low crude price fuels tension
October 20, 2015 10:16:51 EST
As the struggle for crude oilmarket share intensifies, Beth Evans asks the pivotal question: will OPEC, and other major producers diverge from their position of not cutting production, or simply ignore the calls for a new price floor of $70 a barrel coming from the likes of Venezuela?
US Gulf Coast 3% fuel oil price assessment change explained
October 13, 2015 18:14:00 EST
The US Gulf Coast No. 6, 3.0% fuel oil benchmark grade will be renamed as USGC HSFO and also see its specifications updated with effect from January 2017. In this video, Richard Swann and Jamie McDuell outline the reasons behind the change in specifications to the assessment.
Dubai and Oman crude price assessments proposal explained
October 12, 2015 16:45:34 EST
On September 3rd, 2015, Platts launched a formal public consultation on a proposal to broaden the volume of physical crude that can be delivered into its Dubai and Oman crude oil benchmarks. In this video Dave Ernsberger and Jonty Rushforth outline the context, and details of the proposed changes.
The hour of the wolf for dry bulk Panamaxes
June 18, 2015 12:48:56 EST
Platts editors focus on the Atlantic Panamax market, examining the factors driving price levels for the workhorses of the dry bulk shipping market and whose key cargoes are coal and grains.
How will the Asian olefins market fare in H2 2015?
June 12, 2015 07:00:48 EST
Platts editors Prema Viswanathan, Fumiko Dobashi, and Yi-Jeng Huang discuss Asian prices and margins for ethylene and propylene, as well as market expectations for the second half of 2015.
A lesson for Europe: the remarkable rise of German renewable energy
June 02, 2015 11:07:48 EST
Platts editors assess the key fundamentals driving the decline in German power prices, including the impact of the astonishing growth in German renewables. They look at wind and solar's effect on conventional plant run times, and the steep challenges facing the lignite coal sector.
Known unknowns: The potential repercussions of Iran's return to world oil markets
May 5, 2015 10:48:00 EST
With OPEC's June 5th meeting fast approaching, and discussions ongoing as to the lifting of sanctions on Iran,
Beth Evans, Margaret McQuaile,Stuart Elliott, and Herman Wang analyse how the flow of Iranian crude could alter global supply-demand dynamics, and assess the possible affect on prices.
Scrap price crash puts further pressure on global steel markets
March 05, 2015 11:00:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore through January and into February; how production showed a small fall in January compared to December.
London Oil Forum 2015: the industry gives its perspectives on the markets
February 27, 2015 00:30:00 EST
Platts Roving Reporter Maurice Geller talks to delegates at Platts London Oil Forum 2015 on the big questions facing the markets, including the outlook for oil prices, the ongoing scenario of oversupply, what groups within the oil industry are being hardest hit by the low price environment - and who's benefiting most.
Global gas prices converge with fundamental shift in supply
February 18, 2015 00:01:00 EST
Platts pricing analyst Max Gostelow talks about fundamental shifts in the global gas supply, North Asia's falling share in global trade, and sellers' shipping optimization strategies to cope with changes in the LNG markets.
Prices dip in global benzene markets as supplies grow, crude weakens
February 11, 2015 16:48:00 EST
Tim Worledge talks with Maria Tsay, John Calton and Paul Waine about how Europe is stuck between the American bulls and Asian bears, the trans-Atlantic supply glut contributing to price drops, and how companies are attempting to mitigate the financial risks of the currently oversupplied markets.
The challenging economics of oil production in a low price environment
February 2, 2015 10:25:00 EST
With oil prices hovering around the $50 a barrel mark, Dave Ernsberger, and Ross McCracken analyse the effect on oil companies capital expenditure and operational costs; discuss when cut-backs might effect global supply; and question whether the shorter production cycles of shale players leaves them best placed to capitalize when markets rebound.
US gas exports to Mexico seen doubling over the next five years
January 27, 2015 08:00:00 EST
In this video, Bentek analysts Ross Wyeno and Kaitlin Meese discuss the growing US pipeline exports to Mexico, foreign investment expectations for oil and gas producer PEMEX, and Mexico's export forecast according to Bentek.
Slow 2015 start for steel, iron ore and met coal in Asia
January 26, 2014 00:01:00 EST
Platts editors Paul Bartholomew, Russ McCulloch, and Edwin Yeo discuss the weak start of the steel industry in Asia this year; market expectations for Chinese steel, iron ore and metallurgical coal; and the steel production outlook in Japan and South Korea.
Higher than usual LNG deliveries flood into the UK
January 22, 2015 10:00:00 EST
In this video, Luke Stobbart, Senior LNG Price Specialist, outlines LNG deliveries to the UK for December have more than tripled year-on-year; and the reduction in the spread between the Platts Japan Korea Marker and NBP forward prices.
UK gas-fired power generation set for repeat upset of coal in summer 2015
January 21, 2015 16:15:00 EST
The era of coal ruling electric power generation in the UK may be drawing to a close, with falling natural gas prices and rising carbon costs making gas plants more attractive. Henry Edwardes-Evans explains how coal-fired generation is being pressured and evaluates the implications of this change.
The oil market after OPEC
December 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST
John Kingston, Platts director of news, sat down with Platts director of oil Dave Ernsberger earlier this month to review a few wild weeks in the oil market: the OPEC meeting that chose to not do anything in reaction to the price slide, and the fundamentals of the market.
What will the fall in crude prices mean for the LNG market?
December 23, 2014 12:47:00 EST
Stephanie Wilson discusses how the Platts JKM LNG price for January 2015 delivery to Asia plunged 46.9% year on year to average $10.062 MMBtu; the impact of the fall in Dated Brent Crude and Japan Customs-Cleared Crude; and the outlook for prices as new, large volumes of production come online from across Asia and the US over the next three years.
China's oil conundrums: Rising crude demand and falling product imports
December 15, 2014 00:30:00 EST
Vandana Hari, editorial director in Asia, Yen Ling Song, senior writer for oil news, and Oceana Zhou, senior analyst, discuss China's shift to being a net oil product exporter and its strategic move to guard against market volatility; as well as the challenges being faced by teapot refiners.
What's in store for Asian steel in 2015?
December 05, 2014 00:01:00 EST
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, catches up with speakers at the recent Platts Steel Markets Asia conference in Shanghai get their views on their respective steel markets as 2014 comes to a close and their outlook for 2015.
Does the EU need a new electricity market design?
November 26, 2014 07:00:00 EST
Platts editors Henry Edwardes-Evans and Siobhan Hall discuss the options for a new European electricity market demand, from national capacity markets to more integrated energy-only markets.
French gas and power markets analysis
November 14, 2014 08:45:00 EST
In this video William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, analyzes the impact of mild weather conditions on France's gas and power markets in October; the forecast for Local Distribution Zone demand for gas; and the effect of nuclear power worker strikes on power prices.
Falling iron ore prices see big drop in capacity utilization in China
November 11, 2014 06:00:00 EST
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, discusses the possible implications of weaker iron ore prices on Chinese domestic production; the market response to talks of China removing certain steel export tax rebates, and the weakest ever findings in Platts' latest China Steel Sentiment Index.
Unseasonably low Asian LNG prices trap volumes in Europe
October 30, 2014 10:20:00 EST
In this video Desmond Wong outlines how spot prices in Asia have failed to rise significantly, due to mild weather, resulting in high inventories and low demand for natural gas; the impact on the key Japan-Korea Marker gas price; and how storage volumes in Spain have hit record levels, and two year highs across the rest of Europe.
Markets feel the uncertainty over China's coal import regulations
October 27, 2014 16:05:00 EST
James O'Connell explains how the spread between the CCI 1 and the CCI8 has recently almost doubled and Chinese imports of Indonesian coal appear to be shifting, while Australian coal may find some reprieve from coming Chinese regulations.
Big changes in US heating oil
October 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST
John Kingston, director of news, and David Henry, associate editor, US diesels, discuss how new restrictions requiring states to cut the maximum sulfur content in home heating oil, could affect distribution companies, and the potential affect of a supply squeeze on diesel.
European electric utilities still struggling with renewable revolution
October 21, 2014 15:44:00 EST
Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, talks with Ross McCracken, managing editor of Energy Economist, about the future of renewable electric power in Europe, which is technically feasible but could require major changes to the business models on which the industry is currently based.
Sugar market beset by high stocks, low prices, and over-supply – but are sweeter times ahead?
October 16, 2014 15:00:00 EST
Tim Worledge, Claudiu Covrig and Maria Nunez assess the fundamental factors moving sugar prices in key markets such as Brazil and Thailand; the impact of macro-economics, weather patterns, increasing global competition and subsidies in India; and how the sugar / ethanol production balance could prove to be crucial for the long term outlook of both markets.
Will there be a spike in LNG prices this winter?
September 23, 2014 10:20:00 EST
In this video Desmond Wong, Stephanie Wilson, and Javier Diaz discuss the reasons behind a lack of traditional summer rise in Asia LNG prices, the uncertain outlook for LNG prices over the winter period, and the more bullish long-term demand picture.
China, India face headwinds as oil product demand, refinery utilizations shift
September 17, 2014 05:20:00 EST
In the first seven months of the year, China's oil demand was almost flat while India's consumption climbed almost 2%. Vandana Hari, Platts Asia editorial director, Mriganka Jaipuriyar, senior oil news editor, and Yen Ling Song, senior oil news writer, discuss the shift in both economies' oil product demand, refining capacity utilization, imports and exports.
Ukrainian crisis pushes up some prices in otherwise quiet steel market
September 3, 2014 11:30:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses iron ore prices rebounding upwards from mid-July, moving towards $99/dmt by the end of the month before falling below $90 in early August; scrap prices becoming slightly firmer in Turkey.
Speculation over potential Beijing tax on imported thermal coal cuts CCI 8 rally
August 22, 2014 05:10:00 EST
Authorities in Beijing may be planning a 3% tariff on imported thermal coal. James O'Connell, editorial director for coal, looks at how this market speculation is affecting CCI prices; India's interest on Australian coal; and the latest on CIF ARA physical coal prices in Europe.
August 22, 2014 09:45:00 EST
How evolving trade flows are affecting LNG prices in North, West Asia
August 13, 2014 05:35:00 EST
The price difference between spot LNG cargoes delivered to North Asia and West India has fallen to a record low. Max Gostelow, Asia LNG associate editor, discusses evolving trade flows in Asia, an oversupply in the region and the spread in the Indian market.
Gas price fall in the UK pulls power market down along for the ride
August 12, 2014 09:30:00 EST
In this video Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, analyzes the average gas price for UK day ahead in July; the huge hike in gas use for power generation which reversed a 7-month downward trend; and supply and demand fundamentals for the power sector.
Methanol analysis: growing production capacity could impact trade flows and price trends
August 06, 2014 5:00:00 EST
In this video Prema Viswanathan, Bao Ying Ng, and Max Yong, discuss the potential impact of Iranian capacity coming back on stream in the next two years; how additional supply from China's methanol projects could affect the gap between methanol prices in China and India; and the impact of US shale on methanol.
Summer lull sets in for most steel markets as raw material prices creep up
July 31, 2014 11:30:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses iron ore prices moving above US$ 90/dmt by mid-July; US flats prices dropping during June and subsequently rising again in the first half of July; and longs prices having dropped in Europe and fallen sharply in Asia.
Cap-and-trade and carbon reduction updates coming soon to California
July 18, 2014 16:00:00 EST
On January 1, 2015, the cap-and-trade system goes into effect for all transportation fuels in California. Another carbon reduction plan in the state continues its gradual push toward lowering the carbon intensity of the state's transportation fuels by 10% by 2020. John Kingston, director of news, and Beth Evans, associate editorial director, Americas oil news, discuss the California low carbon fuel standard and the cap-and-trade system.
Hitting the blend wall: Biofuels growth stalled by EU and US policy shifts
July 16, 2014 15:00:00 EST
In this video Tim Worledge, Guilherme Kfouri and Sean Bartlett discuss the challenging legislative environment faced by the global biofuels industry; how the US Renewable Fuel Standard revision of targets for biofuels has been a major blow to agricultural development; as well as the blending margins and rates for biodiesel and ethanol.
Historically low demand keeps tight lid on UK power and gas prices
July 10, 2014 09:00:00 EST
In this video Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, takes a close look at gas and power market dynamics in the UK; the steady downward trend in gas prices across the year as a consequence of a fall in end-user demand; as well as the outlook for power and gas prices, and demand, in July.
Falling iron ore price undermines sentiment in steel markets
July 8, 2014 07:00:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the continuing fall in iron ore prices which began in mid-April; unusually steady scrap prices in Turkey; and what's been happening to flat steel prices across the globe.
中国买家报价咄咄逼人, 动力煤到岸价无力回升; 欧洲三港到岸价承压下滑
June 12, 2014 09:45:00 EST
在此次播报中, 煤炭主编James O’Connell先生将审查欧洲三港到岸价掉期市场上的动态, 自今年4月份以来, 欧洲三港到岸价掉期价格首次跌破80美元/公吨. James O'Connell先生还将探讨纽卡斯尔港煤炭基准价如何滑向70美元/公吨这一心理支撑价。此外, 鉴于中国买家在价格谈判中变得更加咄咄逼人, James O'Connell先生还将分析普氏/汾渭中国煤炭指数（CCI1和CCI8）.
North American crude oil shipped by rail enables expansion, but also raises issues
June 11, 2014 16:00:00 EST
As crude production has outstripped the ability of pipelines to deliver oil, crude by rail is becoming more popular. But with more attention comes pressure to tighten safety regulations on rail cars. Herman Wang, senior editor, discusses the situation with John Kingston, director of news.
ArcelorMittal's Gregory Ludkovsky discusses the development of speciality steels for automotive markets
June 2, 2014 10:15:00 EST
In this video, Peter Brennan interviews Gregory Ludkovsky, vice president, global research and development at ArcelorMittal,
on the main challenges facing steel makers in the automotive sector; the impact of environmental issues and legislation on specialty steel manufacturing; and how scientific developments occuring in steel offer distinct advantages over aluminum and composite materials in car design.
Atlantic thermal coal oversupply; increase in S African exports to Europe
May 16, 2014 07:45:00 EST
Gareth Carpenter assesses an oversupply in the Atlantic thermal coal market in recent months, focusing on how European CIF ARA spot prices have responded to the imbalance; explains factors behind the marked increase in S African coal exports to W Europe.
Turkey turns to LNG after dry winter leaves hydro stocks low
May 15, 2014 12:47:00 EST
An unusually dry winter left Turkey's March hydro stocks about 60% lower than last year, and LNG imports are on the rise to fill the gap as the Turkish energy ministry discusses ways to further increase imports.
Shrinking Chinese polyester margins: implications for paraxylene
May 09, 2014 16:00:00 EST
Amid slowing demand and a capacity glut, polyester margins are shrinking. And in turn, they have dragged feedstock paraxylene margins into the red. What does this portend? Vandana Hari, Asia editorial director, discusses the trend with Michelle Kim, senior editor, and Anton Ferkov, managing editor.
The G7, Russia, and energy security: Europe's power and gas markets tell a different story
May 7, 2014 08:00:00 EST
With the crisis between Russia and Ukraine dominating international headlines, Europe's energy supply security has one again become a major political concern. In this video Stuart Elliott, Henry Edwardes-Evans and Beatrice Bedeschi, analyse how Europe's power and gas markets reveal a contrasting narrative - one of falling demand, good storage, and growing diversification.
African oil outlook: the challenges and opportunities in a developing continent
May 7, 2014 08:00:00 EST
In this video Richard Swann, Eklavya Gupte and Olivier Lejeune discuss the development of oil markets across Africa, including the trends in crude and refined oil production and consumption in nations such as Nigeria, Libya, Angola, and Egypt; and the supply and demand impact on export and import flows.
Crude oil moving out of Cushing: trends and implications
April 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST
Cushing only a few years ago was swimming in oil, but that has since changed. A combination of new crude pipeline projects, along with the expanding reach of crude-by-rail movements, is starting to move crude oil out of Cushing. Alison Ciaccio, oil futures editor, discusses the trend with John Kingston, director of news.
Higher steel prices hard to achieve after weakness in Q1 in US & Europe
March 28, 2013 06:00:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in steel coils and long products from February and into March; the weakness in scrap prices and the iron ore price decrease. He also looks at how global production in January was little changed from December 2013 and where demand has not improved in Q1.
Shale drilling boom in the US continues
March 6, 2014 15:00:00 EST
John Kingston, director of news for Platts, and Starr Spencer, senior oil editor, discuss some of the hottest shale plays in the US, namely the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play and the Permian Basin in West Texas.
Chinese oil demand growth slumps on slowing economy
March 4, 2014 03:00:00 EST
China's economic growth is losing steam and along with that its appetite for commodities. Platts editors examine reasons behind the decrease in Chinese oil consumption.
US shale to impact global balance of petrochemical feedstocks
March 3, 2014 14:01:00 EST
In this video Richard Swann, Andrew Allan and Hetain Mistry discuss how the US natural gas boom and its resulting cheap, plentiful ethane has not only revived the American petrochemical industry, but it also has wide-reaching consequences on global feedstock balances, with specific regard to ethane, and naphtha in Europe.
London Oil Forum Roving Reporter
February 27, 2014 14:00:00 EST
At the Platts London Oil Forum Platts senior editors, analysts and news reporters shared their views on the outlook for global crude oil in 2014, transport fuels, fuel oil and bunker fuel, freight and N. American supply. Platts roving reporter, Maurice Geller, captured the outlook of the market from the viewpoint of the delegates.
Scrap prices collapse as pressure builds on finished steel markets
February 28, 2013 06:00:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore through January and into February; how production slipped at the end of the year and where predictions for growth in demand have been slow to take off.
Higher freight rates hit coal demand
February 24, 2014 00:00:00 EST
Platts coal team examines reasons behind the pick-up in demand in India, trading patterns post Lunar New Year, and data analysis on the freight market.
European base metals outlook: Aluminum, copper & nickel markets' undergo transition
February 21, 2014 10:00:00 EST
In this video Richard Swann, Andy Blamey and Ben Kilbey analyze the structural shifts that have occurred in the base metals complex; the return to supply and demand fundamentals, & over-hang of concentrate stocks in copper; & the disconnect between prices in the physical and futures aluminum markets.
Volatile iron ore pricing boosts derivatives trading
February 6, 2014 12:15:00 EST
In this video Peter Brennan, and Oscar Tarneberg, assess the iron ore market as prices fall on credit problems and weakness in the finished steel market. They also take into account the growth of Chinese crude steel production and the increase in swaps and options trading.
Progress hindered for emerging LNG buyer India
February 4, 2013 00:30:00 EST
India is expected to see huge growth in LNG demand, and that has largely not materialized in 2013. Stephanie Wilson examines projected demand in 2013 and how progress has been hindered.
Producers push for lifting ban on US crude oil exports
February 3, 2014 10:00:00 EST
US crude producers are pushing to lift a long-standing ban on crude exports in order to capture higher international prices. US refiners are pushing back, however, pointing to the impact lifting the ban would have on their margins. Jeff Mower, Platts Oilgram Price Report editor-in-chief, discusses this development with editors Alison Ciaccio and James Bambino.
Slow & steady start to new year for steel in US & Europe
January 23, 2013 09:00:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price trends in rebar, hot rolled coil and steel scrap steel products through December and into January; how global steel demand is expected to improve in 2014 with many stockists and end users believed to be holding low inventories.
Weak Chinese coal demand sparks price falls
January 23, 2014 00:15:00 EST
In the first edition of the year, James O'Connell, Platts editorial director, discusses price movements in China and Indonesia and how they are setting the trend across Asia.
A once-staid FERC and how it became a major political battlefield
December 23, 2013 12:00:00 EST
In this video, Chris Newkumet and John Kingston discuss the unprecedented drama over President Barack Obama’s nomination of Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC's role in regulating LNG exports, and a jurisdictional dispute with the CFTC.
Steel prices pause ahead of year-end, but producers look for increases in 2014
December 20, 2013 08:00:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses US and European coil spot market prices having started to level-off early in December after rising in November; how prices for rebar have gained in all regions as scrap levels have increased; and how iron ore prices have slipped despite global production continuing at a strong pace.
Asian thermal coal market review and outlook
December 4, 2013 03:00:00 EST
In this last edition for the year, James O'Connell looks at price movement at both the benchmark and lower calorific value level, the latest import stats for China and the outlook for the coming quarters.
2013 LNG Review: Chinese demand continues to gather steam
December 17, 2013 05:30:00 EST
Max Gostelow examines spot fundamentals as North Asian countries enter the peak demand season, how chinese demand is responding to market conditions, and what the major growth over the next few years means for market players.
European & US steel prices strengthen as market eyes gains in Q4
November 27, 2013 10:30:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses how the US hot rolled coil spot market prices have continued to strengthen in November; how prices for rebar have been firm in all regions; and how there seems no of China’s steel production output slowing as it did at this time in 2012.
Steel Markets Asia Conference: What’s keeping iron ore prices so high?
November 20, 2013 02:30:00 EST
Why are iron ore prices so high and could the market be impacted by the resumption of Indian exports? Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor, Australia, discusses with experts at the Steel Markets Asia conference held in Hong Kong from November 14-15.
Utility buyers change buying strategy for winter
October 30, 2013 03:00:00 EST
Stephanie Wilson, Platts Asia LNG managing editor speaks with Javier Diaz, BENTEK Energy senior energy analyst, about the availability of LNG supples to the Japanese market and the change in strategy among utility buyers as winter approaches.
Commodity Week: Roving reporter, Houston
October 29, 2013 07:00:00 EST
Maurice Geller, chief, Platts central editing desk, EMEA, reports from October's Commodity Week in Houston, giving an insight into the energy industry's views on the most important elements impacting the global oil, gas, power, petrochemical and agricultural sectors
Sea change in the US oil and natural gas industry
October 22, 2013 14:00:00 EST
In this video, John Kingston and Samantha Santa Maria discuss projects to take natural gas from north to south instead of the traditional south to north, moving the gas to areas where it has not been sent before. A similar situation is happening with oil in which propane is being taken from the middle of the country down to the Gulf Coast for export.
Asian thermal coal weakens, freight rates shoot up
October 10, 2013 10:00:00 EST
In this episode, James O’Connell, editorial director of coal, and Deepak Kannan, Associate Editor for coal, discuss reasons behind fluctuating Asian thermal coal, the sudden spurt in freight rates, and their impact on the players involved.
Coal freight, price trends and production costs under the microscope
August 30, 2013 12:30:00 EST
In this episode, James O’Connell, editor-in-chief of coal, looks at why producers are hurting so much, i.e. production costs in Australia and China, the impact freight is having on liquidity, and price movement over the past month.
Steel Raw Materials Monthly: Should iron ore and steel producers worry about China?
August 23, 2013 12:00:00 EST
A number of international steel and resources companies have expressed concerns about China’s slowing economy. What level of growth or impact will there be on China’s crude steel production? Paul Gruenwald, Standard & Poor’s Asia Pacific chief economist and Sebastian Lewis, Platts Asia editorial director, give their views to Paul Bartholomew, Platts Asia managing editor.
European, Asian steel prices and demand are rising but US levels are consolidating
August 21, 2013 08:30:00 EST
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses US steel flat products prices increasing, with the possibility that demand in most regions will be higher than normal for Q3; flats prices rebounding in Europe; iron ore prices having risen for most of July, continuing into August; and examines how US longs prices remained unchanged, while having gained in Europe & Asia.
Dysfunction in London Metals Exchange warehouses
July 29, 2013 12:00:00 EST
In this video, Anthony Poole and John Kingston, discuss the issue of backed up warehouses of the London Metal Exchange, reaction in the market to inventories pushing down the LME price and pushing up the physical premiums, new LME regulations on warehousing, and whether this could occur with other metals.
Raw material increases are pushing steel prices up in Europe & Asia, following US lead
July 24, 2013 11:00:00 EST
In this latest video, Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the weak demand and lack of restocking that beset #steel markets in Q2; how prices for raw materials and hot rolled coil have rebounded in the US going into Q3, with Europe and Asia beginning to follow in late June and early July; and how positive Chinese GDP news has encouraged regional prices to begin to rise, together with higher iron ore and scrap prices.
Global LNG trade cools in first half of 2013
July 22, 2013 14:00:00 EST
Platts Asia LNG team explores the slowdown in global LNG trade during the first half of 2013 despite increased demand from key Asian and South American markets, and reasons behind record high spot prices.
Coal Watch: Are lower prices having an impact on Chinese coal demand?
July 16, 2013 16:30:00 EST
In this episode, James O’Connell, editor-in-chief of coal, outlines how the monsoon season has affected buying patterns, examines the drop in coal prices in both China and India over the past month, and highlights how it's looking to be a big year for indian steam coal imports.
The US-Turkey steel price relationship
July 5, 2013 11:30:00 EST
In this video Peter Brennan and Ciaran Roe discuss the correlation between price increases in the US hot rolled coil market and the Turkish steel scrap import market; the year on year fall in scrap imports from the US to Turkey; and also analyze the Turkey scrap to rebar price spread.
Renewable energy in an age of austerity
July 3, 2013 10:20:00 EST
After a decade of largely subsidy fuelled growth in solar and wind power, Richard Swann, Andreas Franke and Henry Edwardes Evans, discuss the changing fortunes of renewable energy generation in Europe; the impact of five years of recession and austerity measures on the key markets of Germany, Spain, and the UK; & the pivotal importance of public attitudes towards renewables development.
US steel production analysis
May 31, 2013 09:30:00 EST
Peter Brennan and Joe Eckelman discuss key trends in US steel production, based on Platts exclusive use of the American Iron & Steel Institutes data. They analyse the fall in US steel capacity, variations in steel production by US region; and the impact of the global over-supply of steel.
Low calorific value coal and the China ban
May 23, 2013 11:00:00 EST
James O’Connell, Editor-in-Chief of coal, takes a closer look at the growth in Indonesia's thermal coal and how its lower calorific coal exports are affecting international trading patterns.
California's summer electric power outlook
May 21, 2013 14:00:00 EST
In this video, Martin Coyne and John Kingston, explain how less runoff from snowpack to "fuel" California's hydropower and the indefinite loss of the San Onofre nuclear plant could mean that California power supply may be stretched to its limits this summer. The state seems to be in faring okay so far, but the weather and California’s economy played key roles last year and will do so again.
US natural gas market sees inventories fall below the 5-year average
May 9, 2013 12:00:00 EST
In this video, Jeff Mower and Samantha Santa Maria, discuss US natural gas prices having risen considerably in 2013, as winter demand has reduced inventories. Whereas the market appeared to be glutted last year, inventories are now below the 5-year average.
Feedstock shift for olefins production and its impact
May 2, 2013 16:00:00 EST
As America drives to develop shale gas aggressively, its impact on the asian petrochemicals industry remains a hot topic of interest. In this video, Platts Asia petrochemical team assesses the impact of shale gas development on olefins production and other alternative feedstocks producers are looking at.
CNOOC-Nexen: China's next major step into overseas oil & gas
July 27, 2012 14:00:00 EST
Chinese companies acquiring oil & gas assets around the globe has been a key energy trend of the last decade. However, in this video Richard Swann and Robert Perkins and Olivier Lejeune highlight how CNOOC's $15 billion deal for Canada's Nexen perhaps marks a 'step-change' in the scale & ambition of China's energy asset purchasing.
Canada impacted by falling US natural gas prices
July 17, 2012 12:00:00 EST
The extensive physical pipeline ties between the US and Canada and its reliance on those markets has long been a strength for Canada. But the fall of US natural gas prices has dragged Canadian gas prices down. In this video, John Kingston and Samantha Santa Maria discuss the ramifications of that link between the two countries and the fall in prices.
Global oil shippers adrift on troubled seas
June 19, 2012 13:00:00 EST
Though posterity may declare recent years a "boom time" for the oil industry, shipping is one sector where this statement would largely not apply. In this videoRichard Swann and Simon Thorne and Ellie Weir discuss how oil shippers across the globe are coping with falling demand & a huge over-supply of vessels, & changing trading flows.
US oil refining outlook: closures, acquisitions & Delta's surprise deal
May 16, 2012 15:30:00 EST
Following months of poor refining margins along the Atlantic Basin, which forced the closure of several plants, some refiners have been making a comeback in recent weeks. John Kingston and Jeff Mower discuss what drove refining margins so low to begin with, and what it might take for refiners fortunes to improve in the month's ahead.
Fukushima & Europe: nuclear dominates debate, but deeper issues are at play
June 29, 2011 12:30:00 EST
Nuclear power may have seized the headlines, but in this video, Platts editors Richard Swann,
Rachel Morison and Henry Edwardes-Evans discuss the reality of the European power picture; how the single greatest challenge remains the expansion and development of grids and interconnections.
Where now for trading giant Glencore after landmark IPO?
May 24, 2011 10:15:00 EST
In this Platts video, managing editors Richard Swann,
Andy Blamey and Joel Hanley discuss the outlook for Glencore, whose initial public offering (IPO) on May 24 saw them become just the third company - and the first in 25 years - to enter the FTSE 100 Index on its first day of trading