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22 июня, 15:01

WTI vs. WTI vs. WTI

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The degree to which the perception of quality of West Texas Intermediate crude oil influences price was on display Wednesday in the form of the following crude value indication given to S&P Global Platts: WTI Midland at Cushing, Oklahoma, is worth 90 cents/b more than WTI at Cushing. If that sounds confusing, it is, and […] The post WTI vs. WTI vs. WTI appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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22 июня, 07:01

Lithium to remain cornerstone of EV battery technology

Demand for lithium, one of the key materials used in making lithium ion batteries, is rising rapidly. The metal is used in a wide variety of industrial applications including glass, ceramics and greases, but it’s the use of lithium as a key component in the batteries that power electric and hybrid electric vehicles that has […] The post Lithium to remain cornerstone of EV battery technology appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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21 июня, 08:01

It’s a steel cage fight for product exclusions in the underground tariff wars

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Steel consumers and producers in the US are duking it out. The battle is mostly under the radar and in the back rooms and alleys surrounding the Trump administration’s chaotic trade policy. Tariff headlines tend to concentrate on the alienation of allies and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “special place in hell.” However, aside from […] The post It’s a steel cage fight for product exclusions in the underground tariff wars appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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19 июня, 18:00

Iraqi crude oil imports to USGC up, others fall: In the LOOP

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Imports of Iraqi crude into the US Gulf Coast increased so far in 2018 while there have been fewer cargoes from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Kuwait, according to the most recent data released by US Customs Bureau data. From January to mid-June, US Gulf Coast refiners have imported more than 90 million barrels of […] The post Iraqi crude oil imports to USGC up, others fall: In the LOOP appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

19 июня, 17:00

The great scrubber conundrum

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It’s been six months since my last 2020 dispatch. Since then, I’ve spent time at major industry gatherings in London (IP week) and Athens (Posidonia) and yet I’m just as uncertain about 2020 as I was then. My only comfort is that judging by my numerous conversations at Posidonia, I’m far from alone. By now, […] The post The great scrubber conundrum appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

18 июня, 19:30

China hits back at Trump, but LNG stays untouched

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Given the central role that both countries envisage for bilateral LNG trade in their national energy strategies in the years ahead, it was not entirely surprising that Beijing opted to exclude LNG from its threat to impose an additional 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of US goods, including energy and agricultural products. LNG is […] The post China hits back at Trump, but LNG stays untouched appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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15 июня, 03:01

The curious case of China’s missing trade data

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The longer China delays publishing its detailed trade data for April, the more it is feeding speculation about the possible ulterior motives behind withholding the numbers, and hurting credibility. Also, with the amount of geopolitical upheaval going on, the transparency of future Chinese trade data releases is being questioned with each passing day as market […] The post The curious case of China’s missing trade data appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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14 июня, 14:30

Commoditization underpins LNG demand, supply and pricing innovations

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LNG’s increasing flexibilities are facilitated by increasingly transparent market-based pricing, soaring derivatives trade and new Asian hubs emerging. Last month, Cheniere successfully sanctioned its latest supply project by offering market-friendly flexibilities and cost competitiveness, additional drivers underpinning LNG’s commoditization. Certain buyers, sellers, traders and exchanges have therefore already benefited from the new LNG environment, and […] The post Commoditization underpins LNG demand, supply and pricing innovations appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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14 июня, 10:00

Have your say on the future of The Barrel

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In order to help us more effectively deliver our insights, we need yours. Ever since The Barrel was first launched 11 years ago, S&P Global Platts has been committed to pushing the boundaries of digital publishing, presenting our quality insights in new and innovative ways that will appeal to our audience and enhance their understanding. […] The post Have your say on the future of The Barrel appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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13 июня, 18:00

How much more metallurgical coal can China buy from the US?

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The metallurgical coal market has been abuzz with chatter since reports last week of a $70 billion package proposed by China to narrow its significant trade deficit with the US. Among the range of energy, agricultural and manufactured products that China may look to significantly increase purchases of, coal is one that has been identified […] The post How much more metallurgical coal can China buy from the US? appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

13 июня, 03:01

3 key impacts of Trump’s gas policies in Asia

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The geopolitics of gas, and especially LNG, in the Asia Pacific reached a crescendo early this month when US negotiators got Beijing to agree to buy more American LNG in exchange for easing trade tariffs. The natural gas industry has come a long way since the days of Unocal and Nexen. When state-run China National […] The post 3 key impacts of Trump’s gas policies in Asia appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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12 июня, 07:01

First Saudi Arabian crude import of the year arrives at Louisiana port: In the LOOP

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port last week received its first Saudi Arabian crude cargo of the year, a stark contrast to 2017, when the terminal had received about 34.3 million barrels of Saudi crude during the same time frame, according to the latest S&P Global Platts Analytics and US Customs data. On June 6, ExxonMobil […] The post First Saudi Arabian crude import of the year arrives at Louisiana port: In the LOOP appeared first on The Barrel Blog.