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More LNG outflows support US as net gas exporter, but position is tenuous

2016-12-08 06:11:05 EST

Record-setting LNG exports in November were just enough to make the US a net exporter of natural gas for the first time ever, driven by profit margins to both Europe and Asia.

Feature: US Election 2016

December 08, 2016
The EPA will not rush out new rules on the US oil refining sector nor restrictions on methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas operations before the Obama administration ends in January.
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US 'almost certain' to extend Russian sanctions in March: former diplomat
US sanctions against the Russian energy sector are "likely or almost certain" to be renewed in March and again next summer, despite predictions that President-elect Donald Trump will take a softer stance with Moscow.

News Headlines

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.
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November 14, 2016
In October 2016, new gas balancing schemes were rolled out in Italy and Spain. We look at the initial impact on liquidity and the feedback from market participants.
November 10, 2016
It's a much different picture for American natural gas, coal and power than just a few days ago as the US energy industry eyes a future under President-elect Donald Trump.
November 09, 2016
In a special post-election episode of Capitol Crude, senior editors Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon look at what impact Republican Donald Trump’s victory will have on US oil policy and markets.
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Price Focus

Spot natural gas prices throughout the Northeast have remained relatively low this winter as continued unseasonably mild weather has depressed regional gas demand. Prices have remained well below the double-digit dollar highs set during the prior two winters.

The Barrel Blog

November 18, 2016
Nigeria, mired in some of its toughest battles yet to halt resurgent militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta, is facing longer term threats to its oil wealth.
November 17, 2016
Many comments made during European Utility Week in Barcelona this week would make a gas producer’s blood run cold. Ross McCracken explains.
November 15, 2016
Since the victory of US President-elect Donald Trump last week, businesses and governments have been working overtime to try to discern exactly what his presidency might mean for a range of important policy areas.
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Published February 2016

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