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16 января, 15:21

Reading the tea leaves: China and commodities in 2020

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China’s voracious demand for commodities and energy continued unabated in 2019 despite a slowing economy and uncertain external environment. But what will be on the agenda in 2020 as the economy, environment and energy security come into greater focus? Here are are some key trends to watch over the coming year and what they mean […] The post Reading the tea leaves: China and commodities in 2020 appeared first on Platts Insight.

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15 января, 16:57

US battery storage prospects lifted by policy progress, cost reduction

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Battery storage deployment in the US is set for a rapid acceleration from 2020. That is one of the key takeaways from the latest S&P Global Platts Analytics’ US Power Storage Outlook, released to clients on December 18. In addition, while megawatt deployments in 2019 were at 2018 levels, the storage duration of battery storage […] The post US battery storage prospects lifted by policy progress, cost reduction appeared first on Platts Insight.

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14 января, 12:33

As Maduro hangs on, US may rethink Venezuela oil sector waivers: Fuel for Thought

After nearly a year of sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports have failed to force President Nicolas Maduro from office, the US may effectively remove Chevron and other US companies from the South American nation, potentially quickening the collapse of the country’s oil sector. The Trump administration may let a waiver allowing Chevron, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker […] The post As Maduro hangs on, US may rethink Venezuela oil sector waivers: Fuel for Thought appeared first on Platts Insight.

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13 января, 12:51

Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week

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In this week’s pick of energy and commodities trends, European wind generation storms into 2020 and oil refiners in Asia and Europe feel the impact of US-Iran tensions. Plus, S&P GSCI index performance in 2019 reveals investors’ darlings among commodities.  1. European wind charge sweeps away nuclear concerns     What’s happening? Wind generation records […] The post Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week appeared first on Platts Insight.

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09 января, 18:19

The crude oil spectrum: Platts periodic table of oil

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The global oil market is brimming with a smorgasbord of crudes, from the Canadian tar sands extracted with the help of steam and sand, to the lightest US condensates whose color mirrors a glass of fine white wine. Each crude stream possesses its own unique characteristics, and when refined yields varying proportions of different refined […] The post The crude oil spectrum: Platts periodic table of oil appeared first on Platts Insight.

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07 января, 13:35

So close: Nord Stream 2 gas link completion trips at last hurdle

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160km. That is all that is left to lay of the much-maligned Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. But those last few kilometers – less than 7% of the total length of the 2,460km two-string line – won’t be laid anytime soon, much to the frustration of Moscow. It could have […] The post So close: Nord Stream 2 gas link completion trips at last hurdle appeared first on Platts Insight.

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06 января, 18:24

Commodity Tracker: Middle East special edition

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Geopolitical risk has heightened in the wake of the US killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, with shockwaves being felt across commodities. S&P Global Platts news editors present the latest in this special edition of the Commodity Tracker 1. Business as usual in the Strait of Hormuz S&P Global Platts Analytics cFlow showed vessels continuing […] The post Commodity Tracker: Middle East special edition appeared first on Platts Insight.

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06 января, 13:42

Oil markets weigh Soleimani strike as Trump hits Iran

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The killing of Major General Qassim Soleimani, Iran’s top hardline military leader, has put oil prices and the fragile stability of the Middle East once again on tenterhooks. Crude jumped 4.9% to almost $69.50/b on Friday after a US drone strike in Baghdad killed Soleimani on foreign soil. Oil traders are now weighing the scale […] The post Oil markets weigh Soleimani strike as Trump hits Iran appeared first on Platts Insight.

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19 декабря 2019, 13:21

Source and scale are biggest challenges as hydrogen interest grows

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Hydrogen is a fuel for the future, but its use is already well established. In order to harness its full potential to decarbonize energy systems and create a real hydrogen economy, industry and governments will need to scale up investments to move the market forward, write Jeffrey McDonald and Andrew Moore. Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries […] The post Source and scale are biggest challenges as hydrogen interest grows appeared first on Platts Insight.

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18 декабря 2019, 19:15

Global shipping sails into turbulent times as IMO 2020 nears

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When the shipping industry counts down to the New year on December 31, markets are unlikely to be in a celebratory mood as global markets will wake up to a whole new shipping regime come January 1: IMO 2020. The new global regulation, introduced by the International Maritime Organization, will see the bunker fuel sulfur […] The post Global shipping sails into turbulent times as IMO 2020 nears appeared first on Platts Insight.

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17 декабря 2019, 18:14

US oil’s historic growth spurt gets lethargic

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US oil production surged to a record 11.36 million b/d in August 2018, more than a 2.11 million b/d increase from the previous year. Four months later, US oil output would break the 12 million b/d mark for the first time. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that US oil output may have broken […] The post US oil’s historic growth spurt gets lethargic appeared first on Platts Insight.

16 декабря 2019, 14:12

Commodity Tracker: 4 charts to watch this week

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OPEC and allies may have reached a deal on crude oil production cuts, but the hard work to achieve a balanced market starts now. S&P Global Platts editors look at the challenge OPEC faces in early 2020, as well as key trends in global LNG, marine fuels and lithium.  1. Can OPEC deliver a balanced […] The post Commodity Tracker: 4 charts to watch this week appeared first on Platts Insight.