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February 07, 2017
The startup in January of LNG supplies to the small Mediterranean island state of Malta could be considered a mere drop in the ocean for the global LNG market.
January 30, 2017
Barely three weeks into the New Year, US upstream merger and acquisitions have sizzled as players in a charged-up industry are hungry to get moving.
January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
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London (Platts)--24 Feb 2017 903 am EST/1403 GMT
The Dutch Council of State, the country's top administrative court, will hear in May the full slate of appeals against the government's Groningen gas extraction policy, it said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--23 Feb 2017 1003 pm EST/303 GMT
With domestic production faltering and pipeline import projects still uncertain, Pakistan's dependency on LNG imports is unlikely to fade away, especially since global oversupply and low LNG prices are set to continue helping the country resolve its decade-long energy crisis.
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Feature: The Trump Administration

January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump's picks for his Cabinet appear to back up his campaign pledges to boost US oil and gas production and streamline infrastructure approvals.
Trump Inauguration: The Trump Cabinet picks who may shift US policy
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Trump Inauguration: Positive signs for gas sector as power transfers
Trump Inauguration: Positive signs for gas sector as power transfers
In the run-up to the inauguration, oil and gas sector interests were reading positive signs in Trump's picks for key cabinet posts who were thought to be friendly to the sector, as well as from the statements coming out of the administration in waiting.

Price Focus

Spot natural gas prices throughout the Northeast have remained relatively low this winter as continued unseasonably mild weather has depressed regional gas demand. Prices have remained well below the double-digit dollar highs set during the prior two winters.


Brexit’s impact on the UK natural gas market
February 21, 2017
- We interview Thierry Bros of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies on the potential challenges ahead for an import-dependent UK natural gas market as Brexit negotiations loom ever closer.
Record Russian natural gas flows via Nord Stream 1 fall after OPAL injunction
February 15, 2017
- Our natural gas experts discuss the impact of demand, Russian route choices and lawyers on the European gas market this winter, and what to look out for next.
What the FERC? How a lack of quorum could affect US oil and natural gas
February 13, 2017
- The US FERC lost its quorum on February 3 and slipped into regulatory chaos. What does it mean for pipeline permitting and oil shipping rates and what does it say about partisanship in Washington?
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