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13 декабря, 09:30

Funding the main challenge for Indian steel growth

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India’s steel production is expected to almost double by 2025 and M&A activity could result in a leaner industry, but headwinds remain, including tight credit lines and exposure to raw material prices. S&P Global Platts spent a week in India in November, mainly to host our Steel Markets Asia conference in Mumbai, but also to […] The post Funding the main challenge for Indian steel growth appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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12 декабря, 14:31

Scrubbers under scrutiny by maritime industry as IMO 2020 nears

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Looming 2020 regulations capping marine fuel sulfur at 0.5% have so far benefited manufacturers marketing scrubbers – or exhaust gas cleaning systems, as they are more formally known – but this solution is now being viewed with a more critical eye. At the 12th annual MARE Forum on November 27 in Houston, one of the […] The post Scrubbers under scrutiny by maritime industry as IMO 2020 nears appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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11 декабря, 15:28

Tellurian-Vitol LNG deal signals shifting balance of power

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The preliminary LNG offtake agreement announced on December 6 between export developer Tellurian and trader Vitol, marks a conspicuous shift in the balance of power in LNG contract markets. The memorandum of understanding calls for Vitol to lift 1.5 million mt/yr, equivalent to nearly 70.1 Bcf/yr of gas, on an FOB basis from Tellurian’s Driftwood […] The post Tellurian-Vitol LNG deal signals shifting balance of power appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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11 декабря, 13:25

In the LOOP: Three VLCCs depart LOOP for India, South Korea

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Three VLCCs departed the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port over the week ended December 8, with the crude cargoes on board bound for India and South Korea. LOOP did not release the names of the vessels that were loaded and it was unclear exactly which VLCCs departed the port for export. However, cFlow, Platts’ trade flow […] The post In the LOOP: Three VLCCs depart LOOP for India, South Korea appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

10 декабря, 13:30

Qatar’s OPEC exit could backfire on LNG superpower

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Qatar’s reasons for exiting OPEC look muddled. The tiny Persian Gulf sheikhdom says it wants to concentrate on building on its position as the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead of being a minor player in an oil cartel dominated by Saudi Arabia. Aside from saving on membership fees, leaving the group […] The post Qatar’s OPEC exit could backfire on LNG superpower appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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06 декабря, 09:30

Insight: Nigeria’s oil sector looks for sweet spot amid power struggles

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“We are ready to bring it down. It won’t drill a barrel of crude,” tweeted Mudoch Agbinibo, the leader of the militant group Niger Delta Avengers, which in 2016 brought Africa’s largest oil producer to its knees with brazen attacks on the Delta’s oil facilities. The tweet referred to the floating production storage and offloading […] The post Insight: Nigeria’s oil sector looks for sweet spot amid power struggles appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

05 декабря, 14:29

Insight: Politics, not economics, drives decision-making in European gas

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While politics have always played an important role in the energy sector, over the past few years a trend toward a new class of energy-related decision-making seems to have emerged, with non-economic or sub-economic policies increasingly in evidence. European gas in particular is likely to be impacted by more protectionism-driven policies – from the US, […] The post Insight: Politics, not economics, drives decision-making in European gas appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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04 декабря, 17:39

In the LOOP: LOOP Sour deliveries rebound in November from multi-month low

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port said Saturday that about 17,670 b/d of LOOP Sour was delivered ex-cavern from the US Gulf Coast crude terminal in November, which was over a 40% increase from the month before. LOOP said 530,000 barrels of the medium sour crude blend were pulled from the Louisiana cavern last month. That […] The post In the LOOP: LOOP Sour deliveries rebound in November from multi-month low appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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04 декабря, 13:43

Insight: Extreme volatility returns to NYMEX natural gas futures

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With volatility making a return to the previously calm US natural gas futures market, it’s important to remember that price swings happen in both directions, as individual fundamentals wax and wane in terms of their influence. November saw notable price volatility in the December Henry Hub prompt-month contract. The December contract settled and expired at […] The post Insight: Extreme volatility returns to NYMEX natural gas futures appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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03 декабря, 19:08

Insight: Brazil steel touts Bolsonaro despite controversy

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The Brazilian steel, metals and mining sectors expect an upturn in investments in the country in second-half 2019 following inauguration of a new government which aims to end a period of institutionalized corruption. Representatives of industry associations and the mining sector talked up the prospects of economic recovery under incoming president Jair Bolsonaro last week […] The post Insight: Brazil steel touts Bolsonaro despite controversy appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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03 декабря, 14:24

Carbon capture projects gaining traction: Fuel for Thought

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US upstream company Occidental Petroleum is committed to carbon capture and injection as a method of boosting oil recovery both in its Permian shale operations and outside the US, CEO Vicki Hollub said last week. She was one of a number of industry leaders who outlined carbon capture projects around the world, many geared to […] The post Carbon capture projects gaining traction: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

29 ноября, 09:30

Insight: Lithium-ion batteries enter the fast lane

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Both the transportation and power industry have been facing significant changes, driven by a combination of policy and technological factors, and S&P Global Platts Analytics sees lithium-ion batteries playing an instrumental role in these transformations. When it comes to batteries, there have been and will continue to be synergies of power storage and transport sector […] The post Insight: Lithium-ion batteries enter the fast lane appeared first on The Barrel Blog.