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.
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 managing editor Desmond Wong examines the European LNG market and whether it has priced in the impending arrival of US LNG cargoes into the region.
Freight rates have improved this year, but as with any commodity, there's no crystal ball to tell the market for sure if current price trends are sustainable.
Platts editors examine the state of the dry bulk market as bunker fuel prices see a phenomenal drop.
Platts assesses record low European thermal coal prices, focusing on how steady Colombian exports and weak macroeconomic factors have affected the market.
Asian thermal coal prices have been on a downtrend since the start of 2015, mainly due to oversupply and weak demand. Factors dragging down prices keep piling up.
Costs are coming down for offshore wind technology, but, as Henry Edwardes-Evans and Anuradha Ramanathan discuss in this video, the window of opportunity is shrinking because subsidies are finite and development is restricted.
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.
North America started the summer with natural gas inventories below 5-year average levels, but production is growing, particularly in the Northeast.
Platts pricing analyst Max Gostelow joins Asia LNG managing editor Stephanie Wilson to look at how additional LNG demand could affect markets this winter, despite low volatility during the first half of the year.
The US MTBE market has been shaken by some big news this year, and Q4 could see an uptick of demand for gasoline blending as South America heads into its summer.
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.
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.
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