The abundance of domestic ethane in the US means ethylene is cheap and abundant and production margins are slim, but opportunities to export to higher-priced markets are limited.
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.
As Iran looks to a post-sanctions world in which it is once again free to sell its crude,Platts editors ask whether, in the face ofup to 3 millionb/d of oil oversupply, they'll be a place for Iranian product.
Platts editors discuss how Africa's oil industry is reacting to lowercrude prices and the region's search for new buyers after losing a big customer amid the rise of US shale oil production.
Uncertainties hound the Chinese steel market in the second half of 2015 as issues like oversupply and weak end-user steel consumption linger.
Platts editor Paul Bartholomew talks about the steel market's weakness as it continues to weigh on both iron ore demand and prices.
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).
Andrew Moore and Jeff McDonald of Coal Trader explain how existing and upcoming federal regulations and low-price natural gas are pressuring the US coal industry.
Platts LNG associate editor Luke Stobbart looks at the Middle East's potential to absorb the excess LNG supply.
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.
Platts Siobhan Hall on how energy companies will be affected by EU financial rules intended to tackle the kind of bad behavior in banks that led to the global financial crash.
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.
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