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Oil

Houston (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 740 pm EST/040 GMT
The US Gulf Coast ULSD cash differential rebounded Thursday after a bearish stock report from the US Energy Information Administration, aided by the continued slowing of exports and closed arbitrages in the domestic market.
Juba (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 728 am EST/1228 GMT
The future of South Sudan's oil industry, Sub-Saharan Africa's third-largest, looks grim, at least in the short term, as armed conflict and falling international oil prices have combined to undermine the country's fledgling oil industry.
Singapore (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 301 am EST/801 GMT
An increase in export volumes for March has weighed on premiums paid for Australian heavy sweet crudes to date this month and the downside correction could continue amid growing competition from Brazilian arbitrage supplies, Asian traders said Thursday.
New York (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 554 pm EST/2254 GMT
Plains All American is expanding its Cactus Pipeline to 390,000 b/d, increasing takeaway capacity for Permian Basin crude into the port of Corpus Christi, Texas, the midstream company said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 1134 am EST/1634 GMT
OPEC expects demand for its own crude to fall this year but is mindful that the return of US shale could dent positive early signs on non-OPEC compliance with the landmark production restraint deal to rebalance the market, the exporters group said in its monthly oil market report Wednesday.
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Natural Gas

Santiago (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 550 pm EST/2250 GMT
Chile and Argentina are advancing in talks to agree on reciprocal exchanges of electricity and natural gas between the two countries, Chilean Energy Minister Andres Rebolledo said Thursday.
London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 715 am EST/1215 GMT
UK wholesale natural gas prices continued their recent bullish trend early Thursday, despite a long gas system, as weaker imports from Continental Europe and further Rough maintenance boosted the near-term NBP.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 551 pm EST/2251 GMT
California regulators are proposing to allow the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility to reopen, but at about one-third its capacity.
London (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 858 am EST/1358 GMT
Dutch spot prices were seen rising amid stronger demand in the UK NBP while German spot prices were seen flat on the day as below seasonal temperatures continued, with the spread between spot and month-ahead prices seen rising, traders said.
Buenos Aires (Platts)--17 Jan 2017 526 pm EST/2226 GMT
Argentina and Bolivia's state oil companies are to push forward on plans to explore and produce natural gas together in eastern Bolivia, helping to boost supplies for exporting to Argentina.
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Electric Power

Washington (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 547 pm EST/2247 GMT
Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of energy, declined during a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to say whether he supported moving the long-stalled Yucca Mountain repository project in Nevada forward but said that, if confirmed, he would look at alternatives to address the issue.
London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 716 am EST/1216 GMT
German offshore wind developers connected 156 new wind turbines with a capacity of 818 MW to the national grid in 2016, bringing total grid-connected offshore wind capacity to 4,108 MW, German wind power lobby groups said Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 553 pm EST/2253 GMT
American Electric Power's 36-MW Eagle Pass DC Tie was shut around midnight Tuesday due to an unplanned outage, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said.
London (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 900 am EST/1400 GMT
French and German day-ahead power prices eased further Wednesday with the current spell of cold weather expected to reach its peak.
Warsaw (Platts)--17 Jan 2017 933 am EST/1433 GMT
The vast majority of existing generation units in Poland would not be eligible to participate in a planned capacity market mechanism if the European Commission goes ahead with a proposal to introduce an emissions performance level of 550kg/MWh, the country's largest utility PGE said Tuesday.
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Coal

Houston (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 545 pm EST/2245 GMT
Union Pacific's coal carloads in the fourth quarter fell 9.3% on a year-over-year basis, while coal revenues dipped 6.2%, the railroad said Thursday.
Sydney (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 718 am EST/1218 GMT
Coal miner South32, which has mines in Australia and South Africa, saw its coal production fall year on year in the October-December quarter, by 6.78% to 8.91 million mt, from 9.56 million mt, data from the company's quarterly report showed Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 550 pm EST/2250 GMT
Coal-fired generation is increasingly tied to the spread between coal and natural gas prices, and small changes in price of either fuel can have significant, albeit short-lived impacts on demand, a senior S&P Global Market Intelligence analyst said Wednesday.
Singapore (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 902 am EST/1402 GMT
Indonesian thermal coal miner Indo Tambangraya Megah is estimated to have produced about 26 million mt in 2016, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.
Warsaw (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 901 am EST/1401 GMT
Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) approved Wednesday a joint venture project between Polish state-owned utilities Energa and Enea to build a 1 GW hard coal-fired unit at Energa's Ostroleka power plant.
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Shipping

London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 713 am EST/1213 GMT
Differentials on the CIF Rotterdam Urals Aframax market hit a 15-month high Wednesday, amid expectations of a very short February loading program, as well as higher freight rates, adverse weather driving demand for distillate-rich grades and Saudi Arabia cutting its allocations for Northwest European delivery.
London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 712 am EST/1212 GMT
Singapore has made it compulsory this month for bunker suppliers to use mass flow meters when making their fuel oil deliveries, hoping to end years of disputes over buyers receiving less fuel than they paid for.
London (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 931 am EST/1431 GMT
The UK's Sullom Voe terminal loaded two cargoes of Brent Blend crude in the week to Tuesday, the same number of cargoes as the previous week, the Shetland Islands Council said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--17 Jan 2017 935 am EST/1435 GMT
Constraints on bunkering at Istanbul following an oil spill in Izmit Bay last week have eased, market sources said Tuesday.
London (Platts)--16 Jan 2017 748 am EST/1248 GMT
Marine fuel suppliers that operate independently from refiners and cargo traders should pull out from the world's larger bunkering hubs as consolidation continues to shrink the sector, according to maritime consultant and industry veteran Adrian Tolson.
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Petrochemicals

Houston (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 548 pm EST/2248 GMT
US olefins producer LyondellBasell has completed its 800 million lb/year (363,000 mt/year) ethylene expansion at the Corpus Christi, Texas, site, the company said Thursday.
London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 722 am EST/1222 GMT
The European styrene spot price reached a fresh 17-month high on Wednesday despite a slowing Asia market ahead of the Chinese New Year, according to S&P Global Platts data.
Houston (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 721 am EST/1221 GMT
Dow Chemical will increase its prices for US isopropyl alcohol and butyl acetate for February, the company said in a letter to customers.
London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 722 am EST/1222 GMT
The current upward trend in Asian toluene prices is undermining the arbitrage to the Middle East, and this could spark interest from Middle Eastern buyers in European molecules, sources said this week.
London (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 928 am EST/1428 GMT
An accumulation of supportive fundamentals was seen boosting sentiment in the Northwest European naphtha market Wednesday, despite an arbitrage to Asia that remained difficult to work.
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Metals

Pittsburgh (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 552 pm EST/2252 GMT
Prices for hot-rolled coil in the US were heard to be similar across most producers, sources said Thursday.
London (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 731 am EST/1231 GMT
Turkish ferrous scrap imports tracked sideways on Wednesday as estimations of value heard from the market remained stable.
Singapore (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 723 am EST/1223 GMT
As part of an ongoing campaign to rein in illegal Chinese steel and coal expansions, Beijing has ordered provincial authorities to conduct a "dragnet" and submit a list of offenders to central government agencies by January 20.
Hong Kong (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 724 am EST/1224 GMT
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing is preparing physically settled gold futures contracts denominated in Chinese Yuan Offshore, and US dollars, the stock exchange said in its Key Initiatives in 2017 event held in Hong Kong Thursday.
New York (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 556 pm EST/2256 GMT
US service centers shipped 106,200 st of aluminum products in December, down 5.3% from the 112,100 st shipped in December 2015, data from the Metals Service Center Institute showed Wednesday.
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Agriculture

Houston (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 332 pm EST/2032 GMT
US agriculture and biofuels industry groups Thursday praised President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture, affirming his experience and commitment to farmers' interests. "The nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture is welcome news to the nation's farmers and ranchers," said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, in a statement.
Washington (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 552 pm EST/2252 GMT
US Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt tried to assure senators Wednesday that he would uphold the biofuel mandate and stick to annual volume increases if confirmed to lead the agency, distancing himself from his previous criticism of the policy as "unworkable."
Singapore (Platts)--18 Jan 2017 334 am EST/834 GMT
Palm oil prices on the Bursa Malaysia exchange should continue to be supported in the first quarter of 2017, with price levels hovering around MR 3,000/mt or $672.75/mt, Kelvin Chow, food and agribusiness analyst at Rabobank Singapore said on Tuesday.
Houston (Platts)--17 Jan 2017 527 pm EST/2227 GMT
China's announcement that it will increase ethanol import tariffs in 2017 has turned market participants' outlook for US exports in 2017 bearish, sources said Tuesday.
London (Platts)--16 Jan 2017 856 am EST/1356 GMT
Russian wheat exports in the 2016-17 marketing year from July 1 to January 11 were up 4.9% year on year at 16.285 million mt, Ministry of Agriculture data showed Monday.
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