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Houston (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 613 pm EST/2313 GMT
The Baker Hughes US oil rig count jumped 21 rigs to 498 on Friday -- the biggest single-week rise since July 2015 and one which likely occurred because of oil prices that stayed mostly above $50/b in the wake of a much-applauded OPEC agreement.
London (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 955 am EST/1455 GMT
Consultancy Wood Mackenzie has forecast a return to profitability for oil and gas exploration next year thanks to sharp cost reductions, but said drillers will avoid exploration geared toward over-supplied LNG markets or in high-cost regions like the Arctic.
Singapore (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 555 am EST/1055 GMT
The possibility that Beijing may not award oil product export quotas to independent refiners has created turmoil in the industry and raised questions on the impact this would have on refinery run rates, oil product exports, and the Shandong provincial government's infrastructure investment plans.
New York (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 539 pm EST/2239 GMT
Crude oil futures settled higher Thursday, with traders focused on a meeting in Vienna Saturday between OPEC and non-OPEC countries to discuss further cuts in oil production.
New York (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 241 pm EST/1941 GMT
South Korea is at the top of the list for Continental Resources as it mulls over potential export destinations for crude and condensates, chairman and CEO Harold Hamm said Thursday.
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Tel Aviv (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 955 am EST/1455 GMT
Israel, Greece, and Cyprus have decided to take their proposal for a pipeline from gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus to Europe, Israeli energy sources said late Thursday.
Sydney (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 454 am EST/954 GMT
Santos is planning to ramp up LNG sales from its Curtis Island-based GLNG terminal near Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, to 6 million mt/year over the next three years, the company said Thursday.
New York (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 617 pm EST/2317 GMT
Continental Resources has no plans at the moment to lay on hedges for its crude oil production, but it is keeping an eye on market values and may do some hedging in the future, chairman and CEO Harold Hamm said Thursday.
London (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 759 am EST/1259 GMT
Natural gas traded volumes on the Central European Gas hub in November dipped 1.3% month on month to 57.34 TWh, to be 37% higher year on year, Vienna-based CEGH said.
Tokyo (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 431 am EST/931 GMT
Jera Co, a joint venture between Japan's Chubu Electric and Tokyo Electric Power Co, is expected to receive its first cargo from US Sabine Pass in early January, Jera said Thursday.
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London (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 956 am EST/1456 GMT
* Day-ahead contracts rebound from two-month low * Demand falls below 49 GW on mild temperatures Prompt power contracts in the UK rebounded on Friday on forecasts for reduced wind power generation and bullish gas prices, but mild weather expectations continued to drag on demand for power for heating.
Houston (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 621 pm EST/2321 GMT
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator Board of Directors on Thursday approved the system's latest transmission expansion plan with 383 new projects spread across the grid operator's sprawling footprint, estimated to cost almost $2.7 billion.
London (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 835 am EST/1335 GMT
German onshore wind power developers will add over 4 GW of new capacity in 2016 with total installed onshore capacity already rising above 45 GW after 3.1 GW were added in the first nine months of the year, wind research group Fachagentur Windenergie an Land said Thursday in a study.
Washington (Platts)--7 Dec 2016 608 pm EST/2308 GMT
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Wednesday energy legislation that would provide support for Exelon's economically struggling nuclear power plants in the state.
London (Platts)--7 Dec 2016 939 am EST/1439 GMT
German day-ahead prices fell further Wednesday as wind output was forecast to rise above 20 GW, with the baseload contract down 42% over the past two sessions.
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Houston (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 603 pm EST/2303 GMT
Interest in exporting thermal coal through the US Gulf Coast seemed to have all dried up earlier this week, as increasing freight rates and falling prices for thermal coal delivered in Northern Europe spun the wrong direction.
New Delhi (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 522 am EST/1022 GMT
India's largest electricity generator NTPC Limited plans to mine 2 million mt of coal in the 2017-18 fiscal year from its first coal mine Pakri Barwadih in the eastern state of Jharkhand, a company source said Friday.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 612 pm EST/2312 GMT
Vigo Coal's new owner wants to reopen the Friendsville thermal coal surface mine in Wabash County, Illinois, an official with the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals said Thursday.
London (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 837 am EST/1337 GMT
Combined coal stocks at three delivery terminals in Western Europe's Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp trading hub rose for the first time in over six weeks, with inventories up 5.9% on the week at 3.8 million mt.
Sydney (Platts)--7 Dec 2016 1137 am EST/1637 GMT
Coal exports from Australia's North Queensland were little changed year on year or month on month in November, as an uptick in shipments from the Hay Point Coal Terminal offset a decline from the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp, or NBPQ, said Wednesday.
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Singapore (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 1257 am EST/557 GMT
Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia are considering to establish a high security corridor along the Sulu Sea and Sabah to tackle the piracy menace that has resulted in several attacks and kidnappings this year, shipping industry sources and maritime analysts said.
London (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 903 am EST/1403 GMT
The Bosporus Strait is closed to tanker traffic due to a broken down vessel, shipping agents said Thursday.
London (Platts)--7 Dec 2016 1138 am EST/1638 GMT
The port of Gibraltar has suspended bunkering operations because of bad weather, a spokesman for the port authority said Wednesday.
Houston (Platts)--6 Dec 2016 600 pm EST/2300 GMT
Suppliers of marine fuel in Ecuador and Chile raised prices on Tuesday to take advantage of a lack of product in neighboring Peru.
London (Platts)--6 Dec 2016 943 am EST/1443 GMT
Greek seafarers are staging a strike Tuesday to Thursday across the country, the union announced, with previous such strikes affecting bunkering operations at Greece's main port of Piraeus.
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Mexico City (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 609 pm EST/2309 GMT
A severe northerly cold front closed all but one of Mexico's oil and petrochemicals ports on the Gulf Coast, with winds gusting at some 70 kph (43 mph), the Ministry of Communications and Transportation said Friday.
London (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 958 am EST/1458 GMT
The European spot price of benzene hit its highest level since August 5 2015 on Thursday at $801.50/mt CIF ARA, S&P Global Platts shows.
Houston (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 618 pm EST/2318 GMT
Brazilian chlor-alkali and caustic soda producer Unipar Carbocloro's acquisition of Argentinian poly-vinyl chloride maker Solvay Indupa has received clearance from Brazilian regulators, parent company Solvay said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 906 am EST/1406 GMT
The European spot methanol market surged to a 16-month high Wednesday, tracking the soaring Asian market, setting a bullish stage for the negotiations of the first quarter contract price.
Singapore (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 126 am EST/626 GMT
The Asian benzene-naphtha spread widened to hit a two-year high on Wednesday when it was assessed at $387.50/mt, wider by $37.375/mt day on day, amid surging benzene.
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Sao Paulo (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 615 pm EST/2315 GMT
Prices for domestic hot-rolled coil in Brazil rose slightly during the first full week of December, market sources have reported.
London (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 959 am EST/1459 GMT
Stillwater Mining has entered into an agreement with South Africa's Sibanye Gold under which Sibanye will acquire Stillwater for $18.00/share in cash representing an aggregate enterprise value of $2.2 billion, the companies said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 957 am EST/1457 GMT
Seaborne manganese ore prices to China were unchanged this week in quiet trade as the market watched Chinese port prices soften.
London (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 622 am EST/1122 GMT
The European Commission has confirmed it will launch an investigation into imports of "certain corrosion resistant steels" from China, more commonly referred to as hot dip galvanized sheet.
Tokyo (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 209 am EST/709 GMT
Two Japanese buyers of high-carbon ferrochrome and a producer have agreed to base 2017 annual contracts on the quarterly European benchmark index, minus a discount rate set for the full year, company officials said Friday.
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Houston (Platts)--9 Dec 2016 606 pm EST/2306 GMT
S&P Global Platts Friday assessed Chicago Argo ethanol 8.2 cents higher than Thursday's nearly two-year high, as low stocks and robust exports continued to support the market.
Houston (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 618 pm EST/2318 GMT
S&P Global Platts Thursday assessed Chicago Argo ethanol at a nearly two-year high, as low stocks and robust exports continued to support the market.
Singapore (Platts)--8 Dec 2016 904 am EST/1404 GMT
India has removed its 10% import duty on wheat with immediate effect, finance minister Arun Jaitley told parliament Thursday, according to local news reports.
Houston (Platts)--7 Dec 2016 607 pm EST/2307 GMT
US rail transportation of grain products for the week ended December 3 totaled 25,002 cars, up 8.5% from the corresponding week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Wednesday.
Singapore (Platts)--7 Dec 2016 148 am EST/648 GMT
The Philippines' bioethanol reference price continued to march lower to hit Peso 58.09/liter ($1.17/l) in November -- a fresh 2016 low -- down Peso 0.36/l from October, according to data released by the Philippines' Sugar Regulatory Administration early this week.
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