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View from the Top: An interview with Spencer Dale

View from the Top: An interview with Spencer Dale

2018-04-23 17:43:14 EST

Spencer Dale, chief economist at BP, talks on the dangers of high oil prices, peak oil demand, the exposure of the US shale sector to rising interest rates, the outlook for natural gas, Asian demand, and the future for oil majors in a fast-changing energy landscape.

Feature -- Syria Conflict: Energy Security Implications

April 14, 2018
The US' declaration that the overnight missile strikes against Syria would be limited and a "one-time shot" may tamp down some of the risk to oil prices spiking when markets open Monday.
Analysis: US avoids direct Russia confrontation with Syria airstrikes, lowering oil price risk
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Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
The risk of a direct military confrontation between the US and Russia over Syria has raised energy security concerns in Europe. Oil prices touched three-and-half year highs above $72 b/d after US President Donald Trump signaled a possible military response to alleged chemical weapons attacks near Damascus.

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Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--23 Apr 2018 606 pm EDT/2206 GMT
Murray Energy expects to produce roughly 76 million st this year, including 22 million st from its Foresight Energy subsidiary, while also exporting 22.5 million st, the Ohio-based company said Monday via email.
Singapore (Platts)--23 Apr 2018 348 am EDT/748 GMT
Port Waratah Coal Services' two terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia had 10 ships waiting offshore Sunday, down from 11 a week ago, to load coal for export, the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator's report released Sunday showed.
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April 13, 2018
Coal is on its way out of the UK power generation mix, yet has remained as a fall-back option on days of peak demand such as when the National Grid warned of a natural gas deficit on March 1.
March 20, 2018
S&P Global Platts editors look at some of the pilot energy blockchain projects popping up in Europe and Russia, including for oil production logistics and wholesale gas and power trading, and how regulators are reacting.
March 09, 2018
After months of discussion, US President Donald Trump signed off on sweeping global metals tariffs that exclude its Nafta neighbors to the north and south. However, all other countries will have to seek case-by-case exemptions from the White House.
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The Barrel Blog

April 20, 2018
A decade has passed since the 2008 dry bulk freight rates began a long downturn which coincided with the Financial Crisis and culminated with a historic low in January 2016.
April 20, 2018
Beijing's sudden decision to drastically curb imports of thermal coal into the country's ports presents a golden opportunity to Indian coal buyers to pick up large volumes of Australian power station fuel at discounted prices, according to a S&P Global Platts analysis.
April 11, 2018
With President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports last month, his taking a tougher stand on trade overall, and the US general economy growing at a healthy clip, several key commodity prices were considerably stronger on average through the end of March, compared with on January 19, 2017, the day before his inauguration.
March 07, 2018
From the legendary Pittsburgh steelworker to the things he may own -- blue jeans, bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles -- President Donald Trump’s trade policy and the reaction to it have been both ironic and iconic.
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