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29 октября, 17:24

Oil majors struggle to counter Extinction Rebellion narrative

Oil companies are squarely in the aim of Extinction Rebellion’s campaign against fossil fuels, and they are struggling to find a response. Instead of running away when confronted by climate change activists, it is time the industry’s top executives from companies such as BP, Shell and Total provided these campaigners with some hard economic facts […] The post Oil majors struggle to counter Extinction Rebellion narrative appeared first on Platts Insight.

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29 октября, 09:30

China Macro and Metals: Steel exporters target China amid warmer economic signals

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In a new monthly post, S&P Global Platts analyzes China’s key economic indicators, and what they mean for the metals sector. Chinese commodity prices softened over September and into the first half of October, while economic data was mixed over the same period. But compared to other global markets, China is doing pretty well. This […] The post China Macro and Metals: Steel exporters target China amid warmer economic signals appeared first on Platts Insight.

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28 октября, 12:49

Commodity Tracker: 4 charts to watch this week

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As LME week kicks off, S&P Global Platts editors take a closer look at the current drivers of copper prices. US oil and refined products trade, UK political parties’ energy policies, and a glut of Russian coal on the European market round out this week’s selection. 1. Upturn in copper prices a key talking point […] The post Commodity Tracker: 4 charts to watch this week appeared first on Platts Insight.

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24 октября, 12:34

Alaska oil, gas exploration threatened by thawing permafrost: Fuel for Thought

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Alaska oil and gas operators active on the North Slope face a long-term, existential threat to infrastructure for which there is no easy solution – thawing permafrost. Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been taking deep temperature measurements in permafrost soils underlying the producing oilfields on the slope and along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline […] The post Alaska oil, gas exploration threatened by thawing permafrost: Fuel for Thought appeared first on Platts Insight.

23 октября, 09:47

Lithium supply is set to triple by 2025. Will it be enough?

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Lithium prices plummeted in 2019, as the market tipped into oversupply and EV growth slowed. Production of the battery metal is set to almost triple by 2025 to more than 1.5 million metric tons, but there are concerns that a fall in upstream investment could flip the market into undersupply further out. Lithium is an […] The post Lithium supply is set to triple by 2025. Will it be enough? appeared first on Platts Insight.

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22 октября, 13:33

Saudi Aramco IPO is mission impossible

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Saudi Aramco’s IPO looks doomed to failure as it targets a $2 trillion flotation. Tepid oil prices, the fraught politics of the Middle East and the demonization of fossil fuel producers in response to climate change fears have all made the initial public offering (IPO) a mission impossible. The kingdom had looked poised to list […] The post Saudi Aramco IPO is mission impossible appeared first on Platts Insight.

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21 октября, 08:30

Commodity Tracker: 6 charts to watch this week

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China’s latest economic data continues to paint a subdued picture for commodity and energy demand, while lower drilling counts in the US raise questions about the pace of future supply growth. S&P Global Platts editors shed light on these and other trends, including a Nordic wind power boom, US-Turkey steel trade, and more.   1. […] The post Commodity Tracker: 6 charts to watch this week appeared first on Platts Insight.

17 октября, 18:20

Venezuela sanctions alter crude oil flows from Latin America to US Gulf

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Imports of Latin American crudes into the US Gulf Coast from January to date have plummeted 30% versus the same period in 2017, to 280 million barrels. This is mostly due to a lack of imports from Venezuela, US Customs Bureau and Platts Analytics data showed. The removal of Venezuelan barrels from regional trade due […] The post Venezuela sanctions alter crude oil flows from Latin America to US Gulf appeared first on Platts Insight.

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16 октября, 12:29

Shale-fueled US plastics boom puts spotlight on sustainability

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Virgin plastic production is thriving in the US, fueled by the North American shale boom. But the reversal of fortune for the US chemical industry has highlighted a bigger challenge amid widespread concern about plastic waste and sustainability. The growth of shale activity across the US unearthed ethane feedstock so cheap that a region that […] The post Shale-fueled US plastics boom puts spotlight on sustainability appeared first on Platts Insight.

15 октября, 12:34

JKTC: the world’s LNG spot trading hub

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US LNG exports, on destination-free terms, have been regarded as the game changer for the market in recent years. But this view neglects the role played by China’s rising demand, and the changes taking place among traditional LNG buyers in Northeast Asia, which are driving the rapid establishment of an LNG trading hub. The global […] The post JKTC: the world’s LNG spot trading hub appeared first on Platts Insight.

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14 октября, 09:03

Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week

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Natural gas is top of our editors’ picks of unfolding commodity trends this week, with Europe’s market responding to oversupply and solid US production giving rise to ample storage. Elsewhere, low US power prices, Germany’s latest plan to step up emissions reductions and soaring nickel prices all feature. 1. Weather forecasts cause wild ride in […] The post Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week appeared first on Platts Insight.

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09 октября, 18:24

Europe’s plastic recycling drive pits consumer demand against economic realities

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Recognition of plastic waste as a global problem has spurred legislation and industry initiatives in the last two years, and driven growth in demand for recycled plastics. When it comes to developing recycling as a sustainable business, Europe leads the way, and in particular the market for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), best known as the material […] The post Europe’s plastic recycling drive pits consumer demand against economic realities appeared first on Platts Insight.