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Choke points could emerge to inhibit global LNG trade expansion in 2018

Choke points could emerge to inhibit global LNG trade expansion in 2018

February 13, 2018 23:30:41 EST

As the market embarks on a second year of record level LNG supply from the Atlantic Basin and strong competition from Asia for those volumes, a potential choke point is emerging: the Panama Canal.

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Oil


Brent crude oil volatility 2017 review: In like a lion, out like a lamb
Brent crude oil volatility 2017 review: In like a lion, out like a lamb
January 30, 2018 22:00:41 EST (3:31)
Analyst Vito Turitto looks back at the fluctuations of the Brent market in 2017, and how it was heavily influenced by OPEC's output cut deal.

What's in store for India's oil and gas sector in 2018?
What's in store for India's oil and gas sector in 2018?
January 23, 2018 10:10:41 EST (3:43)
India's economic growth is set to pick up amid expectations that infrastructure and banking sectors will get a renewed push. What does this mean for the country's oil and gas sector?

Metals


Will the Chinese steel market be softer in 2018?
Will the Chinese steel market be softer in 2018?
January 18, 2018 10:20:41 EST (3:46)
China's ferrous market has been seeing plenty of volatility in steel, iron ore, and coking coal prices since the start of 2018. What is the market expecting for the rest of the year?

Beijing’s winter clampdown on steel is the real deal
Beijing’s winter clampdown on steel is the real deal
December 07, 2017 02:45:19 EST (3:22)
China has turned an unprecedented corner with its plans to curb steel production over November-March for environmental reasons - and it isn’t going back.

Natural Gas


Yamal LNG supply route shifts the global balance
Yamal LNG supply route shifts the global balance
January 11, 2018 08:00:41 EST (3:10)
Yamal LNG Train 1 has successfully shipped its first four cargoes. Will the gas stay in Northern Europe or be shipped onwards?

US and China: Partners in global LNG growth?
US and China: Partners in global LNG growth?
December 15, 2017 02:00:19 EST (3:23)
S&P Global Platts senior director for global gas and LNG Madeline Jowdy looks at the relationship between two emerging LNG giants.

Electric Power


Brexatom: Impact of UK departure from European Atomic Energy Community
Brexatom: Impact of UK departure from European Atomic Energy Community
December 12, 2017 15:12:36 EST (2:44)
Oliver Adelman, S&P Global Platts managing editor for nuclear publications, focuses on the purpose of the Euratom Treaty, the impact of Brexatom, and the UK's search for alternative arrangements.

Post-2020 EU carbon market legislation clears major hurdle
Post-2020 EU carbon market legislation clears major hurdle
November 22, 2017 15:12:36 EST (3:08)
Carbon allowance prices under the EU Emissions Trading System rallied as high as Eur8.00/mt in early November, as proposed post-2020 market reforms moved forward. Frank Watson reports.

Shipping


2020 shipping costs on the back of a napkin
2020 shipping costs on the back of a napkin
October 31, 2017 15:52:55 EST (3:31)
The shipping sector is predicted to spend anywhere from $24 to $60 billion annually starting in 2020 to comply with new sulfur emission restrictions. Jason Silber calculates how much the extra fuel costs could be per vessel.

What's in store for container box rates in Q4?
What's in store for container box rates in Q4?
October 03, 2017 11:39:27 EST (2:38)
Container box freight rates may face a normal seasonal dip in Q4, after the Golden Week holidays, but a quick recovery is possible for short-haul routes in the Atlantic amid extra EU sugar demand. Andrew Scorer reports.

Petrochemicals


Asia remains overarching determinant on European butadiene prices
Asia remains overarching determinant on European butadiene prices
October 31, 2017 15:23:59 EST (3:00)
S&P Global Platts petrochemicals editor Daved Chohan reports on how Asia remains the overarching determinant on European butadiene prices and provides an outlook for global olefins heading into 2018.

Asian acrylonitrile price surges to close to 3-year high on tight supply
Asian acrylonitrile price surges to close to 3-year high on tight supply
October 10, 2017 06:10:00 EST (3:29)
The price of acrylonitrile,used in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber and acrylic fibers, has surged 30% over the past two months. But has it already peaked?

Agriculture


What next for biofuels, as the UK mulls move to battery-power?
What next for biofuels, as the UK mulls move to battery-power?
August 10, 2017 12:27:27 EST (3:25)
It is no coincidence that, as the UK gears up for Brexit negotiations, the issue of emissions is climbing back up the political agenda. Tim Worledge looks at where ethanol and biodiesel fit into this environment.

Imports, tax credits inform US biodiesel industry's view of proposed RVOs
Imports, tax credits inform US biodiesel industry's view of proposed RVOs
July 13, 2017 06:00:00 EST (2:49)
While the US ethanol industry welcomed the 2018 and 2019 proposed RVOs from the US EPA, the biodiesel industry was hoping for an increased mandate.

Coal


US coal prices could rally later this year if stockpiles continue declining
US coal prices could rally later this year if stockpiles continue declining
August 03, 2017 06:00:00 EST (3:23)
Coal stockpiles at US utilities continue to trend lower, but it could bode well for prices moving into the fall, especially when considered alongside lower production and higher gas prices.

Market for OTC CAPP barge coal dwindles as utility demand declines
Market for OTC CAPP barge coal dwindles as utility demand declines
April 20, 2017 06:03:00 EST (2:53)
The Central Appalachian barge coal market has been shrinking for years, and recently a significant amount of CAPP tonnage has been taken out of production on bankruptcies and mine closures.


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