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London (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 853 am EDT/1253 GMT
The front-month mogas/naphtha spread -- the premium of the November Eurobob gasoline swap over the equivalent CIF NWE naphtha swap -- narrowed to a seven-and-a-half-month low of $46/mt Wednesday from $48.25/mt Tuesday, as the NWE naphtha market remained firm, while gasoline was seen vacillating slightly on the back of mixed US stocks data.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 150 am EDT/550 GMT
China's thirst for crude imports will continue to grow as Beijing steps up efforts to bolster strategic stocks, but India will witness structural growth in demand as disposable incomes rise, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, said Tuesday.
New York (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 546 pm EDT/2146 GMT
Oil futures fell Wednesday even though Energy Information Administration data showed across-the-board inventory draws, as doubts over an OPEC-led production agreement pressured prices.
London (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 932 am EDT/1332 GMT
The Mediterranean gasoline market softened to a three-month low on Tuesday on the back of increased availability in November as well as cargoes from Northwest Europe pointing to the Med, amid a lack of alternative arbitrages.
Singapore (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 1102 pm EDT/302 GMT
The Asian gasoline cash premium, the spread between FOB Singapore 92 RON physical cargo and MOPS Strip, hit a one-year high Tuesday as spot physical cargo offerings in the region became much less abundant over the course of October while buying interest soared.
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Karachi (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 853 am EDT/1253 GMT
Pakistan's largest exploration and production company, Oil & Gas Development Company Limited, produced 40,230 b/d of crude in the July-September quarter, up 2.8% from corresponding period a year ago, the company said Thursday.
London (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 855 am EDT/1255 GMT
Near-term UK wholesale natural gas prices were mixed in early Thursday trade with the UK gas system seen comfortable on weak demand, with the NBP curve gaining in value after Wednesday's steep losses.
Lima, Peru (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 534 pm EDT/2134 GMT
Bolivian state oil company YPFB and partner Repsol signed a deal Wednesday extending a contract for the Capipendi gas fields for 15 years until 2046.
Moscow (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 938 am EDT/1338 GMT
Russia's Gazprom expects to offer its next European auction for natural gas in spring 2017, marking the fourth such auction as the company moves to meet growing demand in the Baltic and Northern European regions, deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev told the company's inhouse magazine.
New Delhi (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 933 am EDT/1333 GMT
India and Iran will strike a deal on developing the Farzad-B gas field in in the Farsi offshore exploration block in the Persian Gulf by early next year, the Indian oil ministry said on Wednesday.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 856 am EDT/1256 GMT
Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall will not make any payment into the new German fund for interim storage and final disposal of spent fuel, due at the beginning of 2017, until issues about exactly when payment must be made are clarified, CEO Magnus Hall told a press briefing Thursday.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 533 pm EDT/2133 GMT
After reviewing bids offered in a multi-state request for proposals, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are entering contract negotiations to buy power from six projects totaling about 460 MW, with most of the generation coming from solar projects.
London (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 951 am EDT/1351 GMT
The UK is losing its appeal for investors in renewable energy as the decisions to quit the EU, approve the 3.2 GW Hinkley Point C nuclear plant and dismantle the Department of Energy and Climate Change has thrown the industry into further uncertainty, consultancy EY said Wednesday.
Houston (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 557 pm EDT/2157 GMT
US coal generation slipped slightly in August, totaling 135.98 GWh, down 0.6% from July but up 0.5% from the year-ago month, Energy Information Administration data, released Tuesday, showed.
London (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 844 am EDT/1244 GMT
PPC and China Machinery Engineering Corporation have set up a strategic partnership to develop projects in Greece and neighboring countries, the Greek utility said Tuesday.
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Hunan, China (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 609 am EDT/1009 GMT
Combined coal stocks held by China's six key power generators in southern and eastern China -- Zhejiang Power, Shanghai Power, Guangdong Power (Yudean), Guodian, Datang, and Huaneng -- averaged 11.848 million mt over the week ended Tuesday, down 4.6% on the week, according to a weekly report by port operator Qinhuangdao Port on Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 531 pm EDT/2131 GMT
US coal carload counts gained strength last week as volumes continued to swing, railroad and Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.
Hanoi (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 513 am EDT/913 GMT
Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade has proposed the central government to double the export quota of coal to 4 million mt/year for 2017-2020, from 2 million mt/year set previously.
Santiago (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 557 pm EDT/2157 GMT
Chile imported 935,000 mt of coal in August, up 10% from the same month of last year, Energy Ministry data showed Tuesday.
Houston (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 858 am EDT/1258 GMT
Higher Australian thermal coal prices have opened a window for Western Bituminous coal producers, but it has not been enough to counter an ongoing decline in domestic utility demand, sources said Monday.
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London (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 942 am EDT/1342 GMT
Russia's medium sour crude Urals' discount to Dated Brent has dwindled over the past week due to a shorter Baltic loading program for November and improving refinery margins, including fuel oil cracks, trading sources said.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 857 am EDT/1257 GMT
Recent bad weather, causing cargo delays, has led to a shortage of bunker fuel at China's Qingdao port, located in eastern Shandong province, North Asian bunker fuel sources said Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 537 pm EDT/2137 GMT
Aframax freight rates in the Americas spiked more than 22% from Tuesday due to a gap in the already-slim tonnage.
London (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 945 am EDT/1345 GMT
A new customs' rule applied to Greek ports does not include ships working cargo, according to market sources.
Singapore (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 528 am EDT/928 GMT
Asian VLCC rates have slumped to over two-week lows despite the large October loading program from Middle East, as surge in tonnage supply prompted owners to offer ships at a discount, market participants and analysts said this week.
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London (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 945 am EDT/1345 GMT
Toluene's premium to Eurobob gasoline swaps Wednesday hit its highest level since June 2, S&P Global Platts data shows, as exports from Europe to the US and Asia caused the premium to surge since mid-October.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 140 am EDT/540 GMT
South Korea will reduce the toluene export tax from 1.8% to 1.67% with effect from January 1, 2017, but market sources were doubtful Thursday whether this would have a major impact.
Houston (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 536 pm EDT/2136 GMT
North American posted contract prices for methanol appear set to rise for November, market sources said Wednesday, with expectations of a hike ranging from 4-9 cents/gal.
London (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 946 am EDT/1346 GMT
European producers of methyl ethyl ketone are facing extremely poor production margins as the market remains oversupplied and spot MEK prices gradually slide to the lowest level in seven years.
Singapore (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 515 am EDT/915 GMT
Indonesia's Chandra Asri has shut its butadiene extraction unit at Cilegon, Banten province, late Sunday due to technical issues, a source close to the company said Wednesday.
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Hong Kong (Platts)--27 Oct 2016 952 am EDT/1352 GMT
Chinese domestic magnesium prices have surged to fresh three-year highs due to tighter supply, stronger domestic demand and rising costs this year, magnesium trade platform Northeast Asia Magnesia Material Trading Center said in a report on its website Thursday.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 544 pm EDT/2144 GMT
Latin American apparent steel consumption in 2017 is expected to grow to 67.2 million mt, an official with regional steel organization Alacero said Wednesday.
Singapore (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 948 am EDT/1348 GMT
Japanese ferrous scrap export prices started increasing in line with the Turkish scrap market and on increased demand for higher grade scrap after two weeks of stability, sources said.
Tokyo (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 317 am EDT/717 GMT
S&P Global Platts assessed spot premiums for aluminum ingot imports into South Korea at $65-$68/mt plus LME cash CIF Busan Wednesday, rising from $63-$65/mt a week ago.
Pittsburgh (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 617 pm EDT/2217 GMT
Price increases of $30/st announced by the majority of US flat-rolled sheet steel producers at the end of last week and on Monday have received generally positive feedback, sources said Tuesday.
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Singapore (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 134 am EDT/534 GMT
China's ethanol imports plunged 74% month on month to the lowest level in a year at 10,121 cu m in September, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs early this week.
Houston (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 559 pm EDT/2159 GMT
The front-month CBOT soybean oil futures contract settled at 35.8 cents/lb Tuesday after reaching a more-than-two-year high of 35.99 cents/lb on Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--25 Oct 2016 530 am EDT/930 GMT
China imported 431,810 mt of wheat in September, up 24.2% from August and more than double from a year ago, data released Monday by the Chinese Customs Information Center showed.
Santos, Brazil (Platts)--24 Oct 2016 549 pm EDT/2149 GMT
Sugarcane crushed in Brazil's Parana state in the first half of October totaled 2.2 million mt, up 70% year on year, but down 28% from H2 September, data from the Bioenergy Producers Association of Parana, or Alcopar, showed Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--24 Oct 2016 336 am EDT/736 GMT
China will maintain its minimum support price for wheat unchanged in 2017 at major wheat producing areas, to safeguard farmers' income, according to a statement released October 21 by the National Development and Reform Commission.
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