Commodities Spotlight Podcast Archive

June 2018

Russian 12.5% protein wheat: New harvest pressure weighs on FOB deep water port prices

June 19, 2018 (5:13)

Russian 12.5% protein wheat FOB deep water port prices have come under pressure from the imminent arrival of the new crop. Hot and dry weather have raised concerns over new crop production levels and the volume of higher protein wheat.

Chinese EV subsidies squeeze lithium carbonate prices

June 19, 2018 (3:59)

We analyze some of the reasons why lithium carbonate prices have come off since the beginning of May and what some market participants' expectations are for H2 2018; and the implementation of the 2018 Chinese EV subsidies that came into effect on June 12.

World's biggest industry will be slow to change, ex-BP chief says after Pope meeting

June 15, 2018 (16:05)

Following a meeting of energy chiefs with Pope Francis in the Vatican, Britain's Lord Browne, former CEO of BP and current executive chairman of L1 Energy, tells S&P Global Platts that change in the world's biggest industry, oil and gas, will be a slow process.

May 2018

Severe PET supply constraints cast cloud over nearing peak summer demand

May 30, 2018 (8:13)

Europe's polyethylene terephthalate market is set to face a supply drought in the foreseeable future amid lingering scarcity of feedstock purified terephthalic acid in the region. Platts editors discuss the potential winners and losers.

Interview: Abdulrahman S. Al-Fageeh, SABIC

May 04, 2018 (9:16)

SABIC's Abdulrahman S. Al-Fageeh talks about company updates and how operations might be affected by the US-China trade tension, and the changes in China's policies.

April 2018

The battle between spodumene and brine – lithium mining

April 30, 2018 (6:03)

This podcast looks into lithium and how mining techniques differ for one of the lightest metals in the world; sheds light on what brine and spodumene are and the advantages of each from a cost perspective.

CIF Japan aluminum premium slips as US eases sanctions on Rusal

April 25, 2018 (5:06)

Spot aluminum premiums have slipped from last week's near three-year high of $180/mt-$195/mt CIF Japan, after the US eased sanctions against leading Russian producer Rusal.

Chinese tariffs: What’s it mean for the US biofuels and agriculture markets?

April 25, 2018 (10:57)

S&P Global Platts editors Catherine Wood, Sergio Alvarado and Josh Pedrick discuss the implications of the US-China trade conflict on the agriculture and biofuels markets.

A new hope for an E15 waiver?

April 12, 2018 (08:48)

S&P Global Platts biofuels reporters Josh Pedrick and Wes Swift take a look at US President Donald Trump’s comments Thursday in support of an RVP waiver for E15.

UK coal plant shut down could exacerbate power price spikes on tight supply

April 13, 2018 (5:58)

Coal is on its way out of the UK power generation mix, yet has remained as a fall-back option on days of peak demand such as when the National Grid warned of a natural gas deficit on March 1.

March 2018

Battery metals move to the front, oil still driving sentiment

March 23, 2018 (12:35)

S&P Global Platts reporters recap what top executives said at the FT Commodities Global Summit will be the future trends for the battery metals and electric vehicles sectors.

European biodiesel: Is there space for imports from both Asia, South America?

March 16, 2018 (4:35)

The European biodiesel trade flows have been rocked significantly by the latest policy changes, with uncertainty rife in the marketplace surrounding the future of antidumping duties.

The PES-EPA proposal: What’s it mean for US biofuels?

March 14, 2018 (4:19)

We review the proposed settlement agreement between the US EPA and Philadelphia Energy Solutions and what it means for the future of US biofuels policy.

China surprises with weak return to thermal coal market after Lunar New Year holiday

March 07, 2018 (7:28)

Our editors discuss recent price movements for thermal coal for China, and more broadly for Australia and Indonesia including the status of Jakarta’s new shipping regulations for coal exports

Could Trump's US steel tariff end a two-year bull run in seaborne prices?

March 05, 2018 (6:40)

Editors Julien Hall and Keith Tan examine the impact of US President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs announcement.

February 2018

IP Week: Shipping industry outlook

February 23, 2018 (9:58)

As London's annual International Petroleum week draws to a close, Jason Silber chatted with Peter Norfolk for a quick yet incisive survey of the shipping markets.

Battery metals still on the up: technology may be game-changer

February 20, 2018 (7:10)

Battery metals markets continue bullish, recent industry events have shown, but with concerns in both the lithium and cobalt camps. We discuss the planned entry of a host of junior miners which may push the lithium market into surplus within five years, if indeed they gain financing.

Interview: Wim Roels, Borouge, on megatrends, strategies, and 2018 outlook

February 15, 2018 (5:42)

Borouge chief executive Wim Roels shares his expectations in the polymers this year as well as trends that could affect the sector over the coming years.

Ukrainian corn: Can prices reach $190/mt with the US arb open?

February 13, 2018 (4:58)

Ukrainian corn prices have risen to a 6-month, rising sharply since the turn of the year, making it the most expensive origination globally. Driving the surge is demand from China, which has bolstered fundamentals.

Aluminum swaps contango on strong US Midwest

February 09, 2018 (6:21)

Aluminum premium swaps on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have been in contango. Spot market premiums have been surging this year.

January 2018

Aluminum Analysis: US sees a bullish start to 2018

January 26, 2018 (6:40)

The start of 2018 has seen multiple bullish factors hit. Our US metals editors discuss causes behind the rise in aluminum premium levels and outlook for the coming months.

European polyethylene market: torn between the Asian bull and American bear

January 26, 2018 (6:29)

We discuss the removal of EU biodiesel antidumping duties on Indonesia and Argentina, and palm oil having banned as a biodiesel feedstock in Europe post-2020 following the RED II vote.

As Indonesian and Argentinian biodiesel antidumping duties end, is there a respite for palm oil biofuel in Europe?

January 23, 2018 (3:39)

We discuss the removal of EU biodiesel antidumping duties on Indonesia and Argentina, and palm oil having banned as a biodiesel feedstock in Europe post-2020 following the RED II vote.

All eyes on Indonesia in 2018 as thermal coal supply tightness persists

January 16, 2018 (5:42)

Our editors examine the key market drivers for Indonesian coal for 2018.

Iranian tanker accident: Impact on shipping and oil markets

January 10, 2018 (6:54)

How has the incident affected oil and tanker market activities in Asia?

December 2017

Aluminum analysis: LME stocks, spreads and 2018 outlook

December 15, 2017 (5:34)

The latest on alumina and aluminum prices and the impact of the anticipated smelter output cuts in China.

November 2017

Will Australian alumina continue to outperform aluminum prices despite delayed Chinese cuts?

November 27, 2017 (5:34)

The latest on alumina and aluminum prices and the impact of the anticipated smelter output cuts in China.

Does Zimbabwe's political turmoil mean boom or bust for its ethanol and sugar industry?

November 24, 2017 (3:56)

S&P Global Platts agriculture team takes a look at the delicate political issues in Zimbabwe following Robert Mugabe's resignation, and investigate the potential impacts on sugar and ethanol production within the breadbasket of Africa.

War of words at the IMO over shipping's carbon problem

November 01, 2017 (7:23)

A working group of the IMO met recently to discuss cutting GHG emissions, setting off a public dispute about whether the shipping industry has too much influence over the UN body. Platts editors assess the arguments on both sides.

October 2017

Gasoline, ethanol markets wait for clarifications on Mexico's biofuels blending

October 24, 2017 (4:26)

Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission has been working for the past couple of years on NOM-016 to update the country’s gasoline regulations, including standards around blending ethanol to the fuel supply.

Interview: From proof-of-concept to market reality for blockchain technology

October 18, 2017 (8:59)

Ahead of the inaugural Platts Digital Commodities Summit, we spoke to our premier event sponsor, James Robert ("Bo") Collins, Founder of Matrix Global, on the key theme of how blockchain technology is moving from proof-of-concept to market reality.

Russia-OPEC crown new relationship with Moscow meetings

October 11, 2017 (7:14)

Russian and OPEC officials last week discussed the progress of their landmark crude oil production deal, and plans to increase bilateral cooperation, during multiple meetings and events held in Moscow.

Digitization, supply chain and shale dominate EPCA 2017

October 11, 2017 (6:09)

Digitization dominated discussions at the recent EPCA annual meeting in Berlin. Our editors share key takeaways from the event.

China buyers return to Asia seaborne market amid uncertainty on Beijing’s import policy, port restrictions

October 10, 2017 (6:09)

The Asia thermal coal market is at an interesting crossroads this week, as Chinese buyers make a cautious return to the Asia seaborne market after their week-long holiday.

September 2017

Annual billet upcharges are still unclear, but demand is strong for 2018

September 19, 2017 (6:38)

Recent Platts spot billet upcharges are being driven higher by strong extrusion demand and a handful of supply issues — including recent hurricanes — that may continue into next year,

Alumina market braces for stormy Q4 as price hits multi-year high

September 14, 2017 (5:34)

The latest on alumina and aluminum prices and the impact of the anticipated smelter output cuts in China.

Russia, Asia cooperation set to strengthen amid geopolitical risks

September 13, 2017 (7:50)

Russia’s efforts to deepen ties with Asian partners are a good match for refining expansion plans in many Asian countries, with the common threat of North Korea’s nuclear program also bringing them closer together.

Russia, Asia energy ties strengthen on market factors, increased geopolitical risk

September 13, 2017 (7:50)

Russia’s efforts to deepen ties with Asian partners are a good match for refining expansion plans in many Asian countries, with the common threat of North Korea’s nuclear program also bringing them closer together.

Reduction in antidumping duties for Argentinian biodiesel paves way for increased imports into Europe

September 08, 2017 (4:25)

The future of anti-dumping duties against Argentinian biodiesel has been confirmed. What are the potential impacts on the European market that could emerge following increased imports of the soybean-derived product?

August 2017

Eclipse prompted a balancing act by US markets as it curtailed solar power

August 23, 2017 (6:54)

The August 21 eclipse cut a path across the US, causing concern for power grid operators — especially those with significant amounts of solar power generation. How did prices react, and what else is ahead in 2017?

Who, what, when, where and how? US biofuels industry grapples with RINs after waiver decision

August 02, 2017 (6:34)

A US appeals court rejected the EPA's use of waiver authority to lower the federal biofuel mandate's blending volumes based on downstream constraints, but the decision leaves a lot of questions about making up compliance shortfalls.

July 2017

Removal of antidumping duties in Europe could see Malaysian biodiesel producers priced out of market

July 20, 2017 (6:23)

With the future of anti-dumping duties against Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel uncertain, Platts biofuels editors take a look at how this could change the global biodiesel market and the emergence of new trade flows stemming from this.

Asian alumina H2 outlook: Will markets be rocked by demand-supply imbalances?

July 14, 2017 (5:37)

After a downward trend in prices in the second quarter of the year, what's in store for the Asian alumina market for the rest of 2017?

2018 RVOs don't hold surprises for US biofuels markets, but concerns linger

July 06, 2017 (5:28)

The US EPA's proposed 2018 RVOs were met with a mixed response from biofuels and oil industry players. How could ethanol, biodiesel and RINs markets be affected?

June 2017

India GST overview and impact on commodities

June 30, 2017 (7:00)

India's new GST will be implemented starting July 1, which will likely streamline taxation systems and open up inter-state trading. What's the impact on commodities?

Asia thermal coal prices take off on step-change in China's demand as buyers chase spot cargoes

June 23, 2017 (6:11)

We examine what's driving coal buyers in China to bid higher for cargoes from Australia and Indonesia, and other factors that could drive or drag down price movements for the rest of the year

PDH, cracker expansions to address olefin shorts in Europe: Ineos

June 14, 2017 (10:33)

Tom Crotty, director of European petrochemical company Ineos talks with Nandita Lal about its recent expansion plans underpinned by the need for more ethylene and propylene in Europe.

Russia, Saudi Arabia energy ties heading to new level

June 06, 2017 (6:39)

We discuss Russian and Saudi relations which are emerging in the wider energy sphere, and how these deepening ties feed into the whole OPEC/non-OPEC cooperation.

US secondary aluminum market expects greater slowdown in summer 2017

June 01, 2017 (5:55)

The US aluminum industry is keeping a close eye on automotive sales forecasts and competition among smelters with the approach of summer — a typical time for maintenance shutdowns.

May 2017

Some US power prices higher than last year as summer approaches

May 23, 2017 (5:50)

The North American power pricing team takes a coast-to-coast look at the US electric power landscape, including forecast demand, generating capacity and prices for ERCOT, Cal-ISO and the PJM Interconnection.

Rising lira, high Asian stocks and weak domestic demand hit Turkey's polyethylene markets

May 23, 2017 (4:20)

Turkish polyethylene faces tough times ahead due to a resurgent lira, high Asian PE stocks, weak domestic demand and rising supplies from both east and western markets. Daved Chohan reports.

Palm oil biodiesel volumes surge as Europe’s blenders soak up product

May 22, 2017 (5:31)

Volumes of PME from SE Asia is heading towards the EU biofuels complex, as Europe's blending and production hubs of Spain and ARA soak up imports to fire FAME 0 production. We appraise the situation through the summer months.

Interview: IEA sees oil prices firming if OPEC cuts rollover

May 11, 2017 (6:03)

IEA head oil analyst Neil Atkinson talks to Platts on the outlook for global oil market balances, the recent price slip and the implications of potential rollover of output cuts by OPEC and other key producers.

Newly optimistic US coal industry focuses on flexibility, federal regulations

May 10, 2017 (4:22)

The Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference draws coal players across the market, and the mood had lifted this year as the industry welcomes an uptick in demand and new administration.

April 2017

Met coal market volatility, Q2 benchmark delay in focus among coal, coke traders

April 28, 2017 (8:31)

S&P Global Platts metals team talks on current trends in the metallurgical coal and coke market, and how China has turned into a new export met coal supplier.

Shipping industry faces seismic shift in 2020 as sulfur cap looms

April 18, 2017 (6:00)

In 2020 the shipping industry is facing its biggest challenge in a century as the IMO is set to impose a new 0.5% sulfur cap on marine fuel emissions. We assess the readiness of shipowners to meet these stricter regulations.

Turkish grains imports paradigm shift

April 12, 2017 (11:04)

Turkey recently put a stop to Russian grain imports. What impact is this decision having on the Turkish milling and processing industry? Celal Koc from Korel Energy discusses this and how likely it is to affect the trading landscape.

Ethanol tariff sought by Unica may not slow Brazil's imports: market

April 11, 2017 (6:28)

Unica, Brazil's sugar industry group, is seeking the reinstatement of an ethanol import tariff, citing greenhouse gas emissions from other producers and surging ethanol imports — especially from the US.

China First: impact of recent changes in the aluminum market

April 06, 2017 (8:43)

From trade protectionism to environmental restrictions, we take a look at the factors impacting China’s aluminum market in 2017.

March 2017

Commodities pricing now mostly on path to recovery, execs say

March 31, 2017 (7:58)

From oil to metals and mining, we discuss sentiment among the commodities, trading and financial heavy-hitters who attended the recent FT Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne.

Petrochemical expansions, exports dominate conversations at AFPM IPC

March 30, 2017 (7:26)

It was another busy AFPM IPC meeting in San Antonio, and our editors and analysts share what they learned from various conversations about olefins, polymers, aromatics and intermediates.

Northeast US coal burn increased in March even as retirements will impact power gen mix

March 22, 2017 (5:15)

It seems Mother Nature decided to skip most of winter in the Northeast US this year, but a recent cold snap bumped up power and gas prices in March and the region's generation mix is still changing.

Asian thermal coal market: Japan April price talks, S Korean consumption tax in focus

March 20, 2017 (5:40)

An overview of Asian thermal coal markets, including the latest in Japan's benchmark contract negotiations, South Korean imports and coal consumption tax updates, Indonesian prices, and our newly-launched Northeast Asian thermal (NEAT) coal index.

UK, US sugar: If you cane beet them, join them

March 10, 2017 (6:29)

Tim Worledge and Thomas Houghton take a look at some of the stories moving the sugar and sweeteners market in the UK and US in recent weeks.

February 2017

Polymer volumes poised to pick up on US railroads as resin producers target exports

February 22, 2017 (6:17)

Last year, CSX's chemical segment surpassed coal as the railroad's largest revenue generator as it and other railroads are moving more resin and years of polymer production growth is coming.

Brexit’s impact on the UK natural gas market

February 21, 2017 (8:27)

We interview Thierry Bros of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies on the potential challenges ahead for an import-dependent UK natural gas market as Brexit negotiations loom ever closer.

How will European producers cope without anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET?

February 17, 2017 (6:00)

Our editors discuss how the European Commission’s decision to drop anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET will affect European producers.

Russian agriculture flourishes against the odds

February 13, 2017 (6:10)

It would hardly be an understatement to say Russia has fallen on hard economic times in recent years, although this does not tell the whole story in the agricultural sector.

Russia weighs up January crude output cut, impact of new US administration on oil sector

February 03, 2017 (6:57)

Indications suggest Russian oil producers are complying with an OPEC/non-OPEC crude output cut, which alongside its relationship with the new US administration looks set to have a significant impact on Russian oil in 2017.

January 2017

US coal producers disciplined in the face of higher prices, lower stockpiles

January 31, 2017 (4:47)

US thermal coal prices have risen over the past few months, largely lifted by higher gas prices for power generation, and forecasts for a tighter gas market in 2017 is good news for coal producers.

Sugar's fortunes delicately poised as supply expectations edge towards surplus

January 30, 2017 (6:19)

We look at the intricate interplay between supply and demand in the global sugar markets, and mull the impact of recovering sugar production in India and Thailand, the return of the EU to the international markets.

BPF outlines UK's plastic industry's Brexit concerns

January 27, 2017 (13:21)

Mike Boswell, chair of the Brexit Committee at the British Plastic Federation assesses the challenges for an import dependent UK plastics industry post Brexit.

2017 Outlook: European power perks up

January 24, 2017 (6:30)

After years of steady price declines, European power markets are dancing to a lively tune of nuclear outages, low wind and spiky Winter demand. Will prices rebalance once the current capacity squeeze is over?

Gas generation squeezed by coal in US winter power markets

January 18, 2017 (4:18)

Wholesale electric power prices in the US are starting 2017 by ticking upward, lifted by firmer natural gas prices, which overall has caused coal generation to take some of gas generation’s share in the overall fuel mix.

December 2016

Headwinds for US aluminum alloy market likely to continue into 2017

December 14, 2016 (8:49)

It's been tough going for the secondary aluminum market over the last few months, and an ample alloy supply is weighing on the US market as the year ends.

November 2016

Coal prices wait on China production and winter severity

November 25, 2016 (5:30)

We discuss recent moves in European and Asian thermal coal markets, from the rapid increase in Australia Newcastle 6000 NAR coal prices, to the more recent price retreat and where the market might head next.

One month after the implementation of gas balancing schemes in Italy and Spain

November 14, 2016 (4:50)

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.

The changing gas and power landscape under Trump

November 10, 2016 (7:56)

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.

August 2016

Turkey surprises market with $15/mt thermal coal import duty

August 10, 2016 (5:30)

Jacqueline Holman and Cameron Carswell discuss the surprise announcement from the Turkish government to levy a $15/mt tax on imported thermal coal for power generation.

Thermal coal prices surge as Chinese buyers scramble for cargoes in supply-driven market

August 05, 2016 (6:46)

The seaborne thermal coal market has seen a huge turnaround with an unexpected surge in prices since June.

July 2016

Mozambican thermal coal heads to Europe

July 13, 2016 (3:37)

Jacqueline Holman and Cameron Carswell discuss European utilities importing high ash thermal coal from Mozambique and whether demand is likely to rise in the coming months.

December 2015

China-Australia trade deal: Mixed views over impact on coal markets

December 15, 2015 (7:26)

A new free trade agreement will see China's import tariff on certain types of Australian coal reduced in three tranches from December 20.

Oil-indexation of natural gas prices on its way out from the European markets

December 08, 2015 (7:27)

Examining the history of oil-indexation of natural gas, factors behind the region's increasing preference to hub-pricing, and how new LNG supply is likely to further displace oil-indexed gas.

November 2015

Russia’s battle for oil taxes as budget earnings drop on low oil prices

November 13, 2015 (8:24)

Platts Moscow-based editors discuss planned changes to the Russian oil taxation in 2016, as well as the move’s potential impact on the national oil production.

October 2015

Chinese coal producers' surprise price cuts squeeze out import cargoes

October 27, 2015 (8:02)

Key thermal coal producers in China stunned market participants with sizeable price cuts this month. When does the market expect a recovery for seaborne cargoes?

Prospects for Kazakhstan's oil sector in low price environment

October 07, 2015 (9:52)

Platts editors discuss the Kazakh oil sector, focusing on the impact of low global oil prices, cooperation with Chinese companies and the possible revival of swap deals with Iran.

September 2015

US natural gas industry tries to look to prices, demand beyond shoulder season

September 30, 2015 (6:27)

Will autumn continue the trend of strong natural gas burn in the power sector but so much gas supply across the US that it weighs on prices?

Pressure from all sides squeezes global petcoke markets

September 25, 2015 (6:16)

Extreme low demand is pulling down petcoke prices worldwide, with US refineries struggling to unload the product and buyers in India and Turkey turning to coal instead of choosing petcoke.

Seasonal demand lifts Newcastle 5,500 NAR thermal coal prices

September 22, 2015 (7:35)

Platts Asian coal team looks at what's giving Newcastle 5,500 NAR prices a boost and at the talks for thermal coal supply contracts in Japan.

Drastic shift seen in Asia-Pacific LNG supply-demand balance

September 21, 2015 (2:29)

Platts LNG editor Abache Abreu looks at the region's market supply-demand balance as buyers start looking to sell cargoes.

CIF ARA year-ahead thermal coal swaps slip to record lows

September 09, 2015 (5:59)

Platts thermal coal editors examine the factors pressuring CIF ARA paper prices and what has caused the curve to move into backwardation.

August 2015

Can CCS technology help US coal in the era of the Clean Power Plan?

August 21, 2015 (5:17)

The Clean Power Plan has many US coal producers unnerved and power generators considering if it's worth making coal-fired generation more compliant with stricter carbon emissions standards.

Slowing summer storage injections set stage for US gas markets this winter

August 19, 2015 (6:21)

The hot weather across parts of the US this summer has slowed natural gas storage injections and quieted forwards and spot markets, except for the Northeast.

Everything's bigger in Texas: ERCOT breaks power record after power record

August 11, 2015 (4:50)

There's more demand than ever for electric power straining the Electric Reliability Council of Texas grid, and other US power markets are also seeing shifts.

July 2015

Interview: UK offshore wind – industry calls for volume and certainty

July 30, 2015 (5:34)

Platts interviews Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK, on the challenge of maintaining UK offshore wind cost reductions at a time of uncertain funding and auction schedules.

CAPP coal producers struggle to stay afloat, search for new normal

July 22, 2015 (4:40)

Some bigger Central Appalachia coal producers may be running out of time and money. The bankruptcies, restructurings, closures, sales and delistings are the here and now, but what will be the future?

European renewable power output rises as German wind, UK solar boom

July 22, 2015 (6:20)

Platts Andreas Franke examines the impact the remarkable rise of renewables is having on conventional power generation.

Weak spot demand keeps Asian LNG prices rangebound

July 21, 2015 (6:42)

In Asia, summer is typically characterized by an increase in power demand. What makes this summer different and how is it affecting LNG prices?

US natural gas sets records while height of summer still to come

July 15, 2015 (7:44)

July has already yielded records in the US gas landscape: the spot price at the Algonquin city-gates at its lowest in more than a decade, and the year-to-date max for power burn.

European gas hubs liquidity growth and challenges

July 10, 2015 (9:36)

Platts interviews Patrick Heather, senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, on European natural gas hubs liquidity growth and the challenges they face.

New thermal coal export tax looms for miners in Indonesia

July 09, 2015 (4:53)

Platts Asian coal team explains Indonesia's newly proposed export tax and its impact on thermal coal miners.

Richards Bay 6,000 NAR market faces trading changes, slips to 6-year lows

July 03, 2015 (7:28)

Assessing recent changes in trading on the globalCOAL screen, as well as factors that have led to coal price decreases to near six-year lows.

June 2015

Even as the mercury creeps up, bears stalk the US gas markets

June 29, 2015 (6:29)

Higher temperatures across much of the US has spurred more electric power demand, which in turn has given a bump to natural gas prices and producers.

Interview: How markets can help the EU power grid cope with 50% renewables

June 25, 2015 (5:31)

Peder Andreasen, new president of EU power grid operators' body Entso-e, and Bente Hagem, Entso-e's new chair, on plans for a new EU power market design.

When will Asia's coal market see some recovery?

June 23, 2015 (5:55)

Bearish conditions persist in the Asian coal market, Indonesia expects a dip in coal output, and India is becoming the go-to market for seaborne coal.

Market grapples with trade-offs of trading US coal

June 18, 2015 (5:15)

US coal prices are down, markets are shrinking as participants drop out, and trading is significantly quieter as uncertainty swirls around the industry.

US power producers brace for summer demand

June 17, 2015 (8:30)

The official start of summer is just around the corner, and US electric power markets have been seeing increased demand as the mercury rises. What will the rest of the season hold?

How will private demand change China's LNG landscape?

June 12, 2015 (7:28)

Platts Asian LNG team zooms in on China's LNG demand growth rate, the country's appetite for pipeline gas, and the market impact of deals involving private LNG buyers.

Outlook for Russia's relationship with oil producing group OPEC

June 03, 2015 (7:38)

Recently intensified consultations between the OPEC oil producing group and Russia, which is one of world's biggest oil producers and not a member of OPEC.

May 2015

Higher gas demand taking some pressure off well-supplied North American markets

May 20, 2015 (9:48)

Pipeline maintenance and an uptick in gas-fired power generation are supporting price movements in North American spot and forwards natural gas markets.

Belarus' gasoline supply relationship with Russia; ambitions to boost oil exports to EU

May 15, 2015 (8:51)

Platts editors explain, in-depth, the current status of Belarus' gasoline supplies to Russia, its refinery modernization program and Minsk's ambitions to boost oil product exports to Europe.

US coal producers try to keep utilities' attention despite cheap gas

May 14, 2015 (5:44)

The tension between US coal producers and fuel buyers was evident at a recent conference, where the coal industry asked for help but utilities are tempted by cheap natural gas for power generation.

What next for the UK oil sector after Conservatives secure surprise victory?

May 11, 2015 (10:07)

Platts editors discuss the implications for the UK's oil sector of the Conservative Party victory in the May 7 UK general election, the rise of the Scottish Nationalist Party and what might happen next in the UK North Sea.

Energy supply, financing high on Russia-China agenda

May 7, 2015 (8:19)

Platts editors discuss the possible outcome of talks May 8-10 between Russia and China in the areas of oil and gas supply and financing, as well as the continued rise in Russian oil production.

Lackluster Turkish demand for petcoke, scrap maintains soft Supramax freight rates

May 6, 2015 (5:49)

Platts editors examine the impact low Turkish demand for petcoke and scrap metal has had on the freight cost of shipping both commodities to Turkey during 2015.

April 2015

EU charges Russia's Gazprom with alleged market abuse

April 29, 2015 (7:03)

Platts editors assess the latest charges against Gazprom for alleged market abuse in CEE and the potential impact it might have on gas supply and prices in the region.

Interview: Yamal LNG and Fluxys’ 20-year contract for Zeebrugge LNG transshipment

April 29, 2015 (4:32)

Laurent Remy, Fluxys Belgium, on Belgian Zeebrugge's main assets to support year-round LNG deliveries from the Yamal Peninsula to Asian-Pacific markets.

PRB coal users find flexibility key as power generators pressured

April 24, 2015 (6:30)

Powder River Basin coal buyers met recently outside Chicago and expressed long-term optimism that the using PRB coal would offer some stability -- including with prices -- despite changes to the US power generation landscape.

Outlook for Russian oil against sanctions backdrop

April 23, 2015 (10:58)

Platts editors discuss the outlook for Russia's oil sector against the backdrop of international sanctions against Moscow, and Russian cooperation with OPEC and non-OPEC countries.

Shell-BG Group deal: What does it mean for the LNG market?

April 14, 2015 (5:22)

Platts LNG team looks at the short- and long-term implications of the $70-billion Shell-BG Group deal on the LNG market.

Can N. American gas be saved by coal retirements, power burn?

April 14, 2015 (9:04)

North American natural gas production is outstripping demand, and increasing power demand due to the forced retirement of coal plants may not be enough to stabilize gas prices going forward.

March 2015

Taiwan sees increase in LNG consumption

March 27, 2015 (1:57)

Taiwan is starting to prepare for its peak summer season and LNG demand fundamentals are about to change.

As winter demand wanes, US gas markets wait for next driver

March 26, 2015 (9:53)

The US natural gas markets are transitioning to spring, and now the industry is wondering where the big demand drivers will be as the weather warms. Will power burn come in and "save the market" this year?

Oil companies vie for prime acreage in US Gulf of Mexico

March 25, 2015 (7:52)

While winning bids at the 2015 US Central Lease Sale 235 were down from 2014, prices per acre for the ability to potentially produce oil offshore were among the highest of the last 20 years.

US coal producer acquisition could boost confidence in industry

March 20, 2015 (4:26)

Questions abound after the US' largest privately-held coal producer, Murray Energy, acquired prominent Illinois Basin producer Foresight Energy. What does it say about the state of coal in the US?

Outlook for ExxonMobil's operations in Russia against backdrop of sanctions

March 19, 2015 (8:25)

Platts editors assess the outlook for ExxonMobil's continuing operations in Russia against the backdrop of international sanctions against the country.

Import restrictions drag down coal trade in China

March 16, 2015 (6:55)

Platts editors analyze the impact of China's weak demand on the Asian coal trade, Indonesia's plan to ramp up production this year, and the buying pattern shift in India's coal market.

Winter prompts new US electric power demand records

March 5, 2015 (7:57)

It's the winter that won't stop in the US, where wholesale electric power markets have been battered by record-setting demand and many prices hit peaks in February.

February 2015

Production and power burn pull on US natural gas markets

February 18, 2015 (7:18)

Natural gas markets continue to have more muted movements this winter, with high production but increased demand — especially for power burn — influencing spot and forwards prices.

US coal industry grim in 2015, but hoping for upturn in the long term

February 12, 2015 (5:36)

While many in the US coal industry foresee a drop in coal production, increased export opportunities to Asia and shifting trends in the Northeast US could give PRB and CAPP coal some relief in the next few years.

Price developments in German, Polish power markets

February 3, 2015 (5:49)

Platts editors analyze recent price trends in the German and Polish power markets and discuss how these trends may have influenced utilities.

January 2015

Current North American rig counts serve as barometer of upstream oil sector

January 26, 2015 (5:52)

Starr Spencer delves into how oil producers in the US and Canada seek to continue being economic, even with low crude prices and cut capex.

Eastern US electric power markets settle into more seasonal norms

January 23, 2015 (7:16)

Winter in the US is starting to add upward pressure on wholesale power prices in the ISO-New England and PJM Interconnection.

How will Russia cope with the plummeting oil price, sanctions in 2015?

January 19, 2015 (9:03)

Platts editors discuss the outlook for the Russian oil sector in 2015 in the face of the plunging oil price, continued international sanctions and tax reform.

Tough market conditions for Australian thermal coal producers in 2015

January 19, 2015 (7:51)

China's new coal importation policies are affecting Australia's thermal coal exports, but there is some silver lining for thermal coal from Down Under.

LNG, pipelines temper US natural gas price movements

January 15, 2015 (9:57)

Spot and forwards gas markets, as well as demand and storage, are showing the impacts of more LNG sendouts and capacity expansions in the Northeast US.

US coal markets fail to heat up, despite dropping temperatures

January 09, 2015 (4:28)

Stockpile concerns, rail congestion and power generation retirements are taking a toll on US coal, one of the primary fuels for keeping the country warm throughout the winter.

China's appetite for imported gas waning amid slowing economic growth

January 07, 2015 (6:34)

An analysis of China's gas demand, appetite for imported gas, and price movement given the country's slowing growth and the recent decline in oil prices.

December 2014

Liquidity Report: European gas traded volume update for November 2014

December 19, 2014 (5:09)

Platts European gas market reporters, Gary Hornby and Reginald Ajuonuma, discuss November 2014 trading results, commenting on recent trends in gas trading across the region.

Shipping industry will see new marine fuel requirements with the new year

December 16, 2014 (7:14)

Changes to marine fuel regulations are coming on Jan. 1, 2015, when sulfur content will be required to drop to 0.1% in fuels used within 200 miles of the US and Northwestern European coasts.

US gas markets see renewed chance for volatility with new year approaching

December 15, 2014 (6:42)

North American natural gas prices are getting their first extended tastes of the winter 2014-2015 season, including the expected volatility in cash and forwards markets.

Weak Asian demand changes global LNG trade dynamics

December 08, 2014 (5:54)

Platts editors talk about the impact of South Korea's return to the spot market, the effect of falling crude oil prices on the LNG market, and the factors that may provide support to the weak LNG prices this winter.

Excess tonnage leads to sluggish Q4 dry bulk freight market

December 02, 2014 (5:13)

Platts editors discuss the lackluster Capesize market in the seasonally strong fourth quarter; the trend building up in the Panamax and Supramax segments and the sentiment in the Handysize and Handymax markets in Southeast Asia and the Far East.

November 2014

Harsh start to winter sets US natural gas demand record as prices pop

November 21, 2014 (6:47)

Platts and Bentek gas team members explore supply and demand fundamentals, cash prices, the forwards markets and the first storage withdrawal of the season after the first taste of winter.

Eagle Ford forces out crude imports from Africa along USGC

November 19, 2014 (6:41)

Platts crude editors Richard Capuchino Jr. and Jacqueline Puig discuss how Eagle Ford oil is finding more ways to move to market and is replacing imports of West African crude.

Tension eases on EU gas markets after Russia-Ukraine deal

November 10, 2014 (8:26)

Platts Beatrice Bedeschi and Gary Hornby discuss recent developments in the European gas markets after the deal reached by Russia and Ukraine over winter gas supplies.

October 2014

Biomass: Industrial wood pellet market in grip of currency issue

October 30, 2014 (6:38)

Platts Gareth Carpenter talks on the growing biomass market and how the euro's recent weakness against the US dollar has caused European generators to source their spot wood pellets from local suppliers rather than from the US.

Winter seems distant as shoulder season weighs on US gas markets

October 29, 2014 (9:54)

Platts and Bentek natural gas team members discuss how US markets, from cash to forwards to futures, have seen price dips lately while production is continuing apace.

How will the latest tax regime changes affect Russian oil?

October 27, 2014 (7:03)

Platts editors discuss the likely impact on the Russian oil sector of the so-called "tax maneuver", a new taxation regime due to come into force in 2015.

Two months on, how is Russia coping with oil sanctions?

October 16, 2014 (9:00)

Platts editors discuss the impact to date of US and EU sanctions against the Russian oil sector and whether the recent oil price fall is also hampering oil developments in the country.

More volatility seen in LNG spot prices on increase in flexible supply

October 7, 2014 (5:23)

Platts managing editor for LNG Stephanie Wilson talks about the factors that are resulting in the volatility of LNG spot prices.

September 2014

Could international sanctions against Russia affect operations at Sakhalin?

September 25, 2014 (7:08)

US natural gas prices are shifting back and forth in a narrow band as traders look for a catalyst to show them some direction.

US gas market like 'Casablanca': traders wait and wait and wait

September 09, 2014 (4:04)

US natural gas prices are shifting back and forth in a narrow band as traders look for a catalyst to show them some direction.

Policy changes in China, Indonesia and India, and their impact on Asia-Pacific coal

September 05, 2014 (6:07)

Platts' Coal team discusses policy changes in Asia-Pacific and their impact on the coal market in the region.

August 2014

What would a US natural gas pipeline golden age look like?

August 28, 2014 (3:06)

Platts editor T.L. Hamilton explains how expanded north-south natural gas pipeline capacities could help lift US demand further and how prices are shifting.

Will US coal be left out in the cold this winter?

August 21, 2014 (5:05)

Platts editor Andrew Moore explains how coal prices didn't react quite as expected this winter, and now transportation issues are compounding issues for utilities.

Natural gas prices waffle in well-supplied US markets

August 19, 2014 (5:00)

In the wake of low cooling demand and large storage injections, US natural gas prices are searching for any real direction.

Japan power peak season and LNG demand analysis

August 18, 2014 (4:13)

Platts editors discuss how the Japanese power market is coping with the peak season's demand and other factors which could affect LNG demand in the short and long term.

Texas considers plugging loophole in natural gas, oil pipeline process

August 14, 2014 (5:11)

Jim Magill, an editor with Platts Gas Daily, explains how pipelines get the ability to use eminent domain and the potential changes the midstream sector could see in Texas.

Turkey targets 50% power generating capacity hike by 2023

August 11, 2014 (8:54)

Platts discusses the evolving Turkish power generation mix as official energy ministry forecasts predict the need for 100 GW of installed generating capacity in Turkey by 2023, up from today's 66.6 GW. Demand is forecast to more than double through to 2023.

Trading appears carefree in US natural gas markets

August 4, 2014 (6:35)

Natural gas futures and spot traders have little reason to be bullish as colder-than-normal temperatures blanket natural gas burning markets, with one exception: California.

Oil companies increase US acreage swaps, seeking efficiency

August 1, 2014 (6:57)

Platts editor Starr Spencer discusses which companies have been swapping acreage in the US to become more efficient and better plan drilling and midstream infrastructure.

July 2014

Bulls flee N. American gas market as temperatures moderate

July 21, 2014 (5:08)

The bulls are fleeing the North American natural gas market with moderate August weather in the forecasts and predictions of five more weeks of above-average storage injections.

Prices pressured upward for US ethylene, downstream markets

July 18, 2014 (6:07)

US spot ethylene assessments rose to their highest levels in more than a year earlier in the week, and the tightness in the polyethylene export market hearkens back to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Polar vortex redux weighs on US gas markets

July 17, 2014 (6:42)

Platts North American natural gas editor Patrick Badgley explains how a mass of arctic air is expected to move across the US this week, and in many places natural gas prices are lower than last year.

South Stream gas pipeline project likely to go ahead

July 16, 2014 (7:06)

Platts editors discuss the potential impact of ongoing tension between Russia and the EU over the Ukraine crisis on the South Stream gas pipeline, and the likelihood of further sanctions against Russia.

US temperatures, but not gas prices, climb

July 8, 2014 (5:13)

Air conditioners are cranking up across much of the US, but Hurricane Arthur left comfortable temperatures in its wake in other natural gas consuming areas. Platts Gas Daily editors talk about market movements, storage, and transportation woes.

June 2014

Impact of higher US benzene prices felt in downstream markets

June 25, 2014 (3:53)

Production hiccups in the US benzene market are pushing prices higher, which is causing ripples in downstream markets. Platts petrochemical editors discuss how the markets have moved, including near-record highs for benzene prices and changing styrene and polystyrene margins.

Interview: EU carbon market regulation and reform (part 2)

June 25, 2014 (10:46)

Second part of a Platts interview with Jesse Scott, head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Unit at Eurelectric, to discuss proposed carbon market reforms and the risk that EU policy delay could cause future trouble for European energy market investments.

Gas traders shrug off US storage worries, market limps along on weather

June 24, 2014 (5:25)

There's no sign that North American traders are worried about refilling natural gas in storage as the gas market limps along with little change in weather. Additionally, the US set a new record for gas production.

Interview: EU carbon market regulation and reform (part 1)

June 23, 2014 (10:18)

First part of a Platts interview with Jesse Scott, head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Unit at Eurelectric, to discuss proposed carbon market reforms and the risk that EU policy delay could cause future trouble for European energy market investments.

US gas futures directionless, cash spikes in Boston and McClendon returns

June 13, 2014 (5:15)

North American natural gas futures contracts are trading sideways while looking for a fundamental change in weather or supplies, but cash prices introduced a lot of volatility in certain cities such as Boston. Additionally, Aubrey McClendon just closed on three deals for $4.25 billion.

North American natural gas industry welcomes recent EPA standards

June 6, 2014 (3:33)

Platts associate editor for natural gas TL Hamilton talks about the Environmental Protection Agency's new power plant emissions standards and how the North American gas industry possibly stands to gain from the changes.

Recent trends in the propylene market

June 3, 2014 (6:07)

Hetain Mistry, senior analyst for the Platts Petrochemicals Analytics team and Daved Chohan, Platts petrochemicals editor, assess the recent trends in the propylene market. The implications of shale gas in the US market and the growth of demand in China have boosted investment in propylene.

May 2014

Natural gas bears and bulls wait for a signal in shoulder market

May 30, 2014 (6:48)

While gas markets in the northeast US swung high and low, the futures market stayed range bound as bull and bears stayed locked into their positions waiting for some kind of signal.

Impact of $400 bil Russia-China oil-linked gas supply deal on China

May 30, 2014 (5:14)

Platts' Asia oil news team assesses the implications of the $400 billion Russia-China oil-linked gas supply deal on China, with the government estimating that Russian supplies would account for 10% of China's total gas demand by 2020.

Shenhua coal price discounting speculation triggers CFR China market concerns

May 30, 2014 (6:13)

Platts and Fenwei Energy discuss the latest moves in domestic and CFR South China thermal coal prices and the possible implications of China's proposed ban on low-CV thermal coal imports.

US spreads shift, companies eye processing possibilities as NGLs rise

May 21, 2014 (7:25)

With more natural gas liquids flooding the market, the price relationship between gas, NGLs and petrochemicals is tightening and, in some cases, reversing.

Asian benzene may still flow to US after record long arbitrage ends

May 15, 2014 (6:18)

The arbitrage window for Asian benzene cargoes to the US Gulf appears set to close on paper after five months, but this is unlikely to stem the flow of cargoes moving west.

US natural gas markets settling down on spring's arrival

May 14, 2014 (5:10)

US natural gas markets have settled down with the arrival of spring. But storage injections are well behind the averages after this winter's record pull.

Oil, gas production in East Africa includes juggling local, global demands

May 8, 2014 (6:56)

Bob Fryklund, chief upstream strategist, IHS Energy, spoke with Platts web editor Elizabeth Bassett about challenges the energy industry will face in East Africa on the fourth day of the 45th Offshore Technology Conference.

DOE pursues production R&D in 'ferociously difficult' budget environment: official

May 6, 2014 (5:24)

Platts web editor Elizabeth Bassett spoke with Christopher Smith, principal deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy with the Department of Energy, at the Offshore Technology Conference.

April 2014

US natural gas prices up as weatherman blows hot and cold

April 29, 2014 (5:52)

Warm weather out West and continued below-average temperatures in Chicago and the East bolstered US natural gas prices as the May futures contract held its own to roll off the board at $4.79/MMBtu.

US ethylene market on edge as prices climb and outages continue

April 28, 2014 (5:02)

Platts petrochemicals editor Pavel Pavlov talks about what's been driving up the US ethylene market, where spot prices recently hit a 12-week high.

Expectations for the North American polyethylene market

April 25, 2014 (6:48)

Anna Ward and Chris Ferrell assess the current state of polyethylene markets in North America and market expectations that prices could eventually move lower.

Haynesville Shale suffers as US gas production shifts

April 23, 2014 (4:22)

Gas Daily editor Jim Magill explains how the Haynesville Shale, once a hot property for natural gas drilling in the US, has fallen out of favor as producers turn their attention elsewhere.

Can US get record gas fill at reasonable prices?

April 15, 2014 (6:16)

Winter left US natural gas stocks at an 11-year low, and now the industry is left with the question of just how full storage will be before next winter and at what cost.

What are the long term prospects for gas globally?

April 15, 2014 (8:04)

Platts' William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, assesses the prospects for gas prices globally and how, if at all, developments in Ukraine will affect the global gas picture.

US gas producers ask: Will a change of direction do them good?

April 3, 2014 (3:36)

T.L. Hamilton discusses how three pipeline projects intended to move gas toward the Southeast could herald a growing focus on market optionality as producers in the Northeast search for new markets.

Asian natural rubber prices fall 30% on year on glut in Chinese supply

April 3, 2014 (6:05)

Anna Ward discusses the sharp fall in Asian natural rubber prices in the first quarter compared to Q1 2013. Why are prices on a downward trend and what is the market outlook going forward?

Future of US oil and gas industry investments

April 2, 2014 (4:22)

Stewart Glickman, director, equity research, S&P Capital IQ, explains how there are still questions about whether technology can counteract steep initial production declines for shale oil and gas and where companies can invest their capital.

March 2014

US methanol prices fall as market searches for a direction

March 27, 2014 (6:05)

High US methanol prices dipped in March as more supply made its way to American shores. How will global markets continue to affect US markets into the near future?

Interview: navigating dramatic change in the German power market

March 27, 2014 (13:18)

Platts interviews Graham Weale, Chief Economist, RWE AG, on German power market supply, demand and wholesale price dynamics, market design and the prospects for a German capacity mechanism.

Will winter ever end? And how will we refill storage?

March 25, 2014 (5:51)

Another blast of cold drove next-day cash gas prices higher for in the US Northeast. The hangover from all the gas withdrawn from storage could linger into the summer.

Snappy summer likely for US natural gas markets

March 21, 2014 (7:48)

Platts associate editor Patrick Badgley takes another look at what's ahead for US natural gas markets this summer, including for flows and storage, and answers some submitted questions.

Impact of shale gas developments on global polyethylene dynamics

March 21, 2014 (7:13)

Platts petrochemicals team discusses the latest Shale to Polyethylene report highlighting how the shale gas developments in N. America and the conversion of coal to olefins in China are impacting global PE dynamics.

Italian gas storage system inches towards further liberalization

March 18, 2014 (7:51)

Platts examines a recent reform of gas storage rules in Italy that introduces auctions to allocate capacity, against the backdrop of narrowing summer-winter spreads and an uncertain outlook as the Ukraine crisis escalates.

Mexico prepares for next phase of Pemex, oil industry evolution

March 14, 2014 (4:29)

Starr Spencer, senior editor of oil news in the Platts Houston office, takes a look at what kind of decisions are being made in Mexico as the state oil company Pemex goes through some radical changes in 2014.

US Northeast natural gas markets, battered by winter, brace for another storm

March 12, 2014 (6:29)

Platts US natural gas editors discuss how the tired US Northeast gas markets are trying to look past another upcoming winter storm and prepare for the spring and summer.

US PVC demand continues rising domestically as global demand drops

March 10, 2014 (6:19)

Chris Ferrell and Pavel Pavlov examine why domestically produced PVC demand and prices are rising in the US while global markets have more subdued trading activity.

February 2014

Interview: UK wholesale power market reform, the capacity mechanism and market design

February 28, 2014 (14:59)

Angela Knight of Energy UK on Ofgem's wholesale power market reforms, the government's proposed capacity mechanism and the transition to a low-carbon power system.

Can Asian LNG appetite sustain Singapore's trading hub vision?

February 27, 2014 (4:22)

Max Gostelow on Singapore's announcement of plans for a second LNG terminal, and whether Asian demand can support its vision to become the regional key trading hub.

'Polar Vortex 3' jangles North America's gas markets again

February 26, 2014 (6:32)

The Artic chill is the third wave from the north to push temperatures below frigid in heavy natural gas buying markets such as Chicago, Boston, and New York. Platts US editors discuss.

Winter weather wreaks havoc on US petrochemical business

February 24, 2014 (5:33)

Platts editors examine the effects of the winter weather on the logistical side of the US petrochemical business.

Severe winter weather draws down US coal stocks

February 21, 2014 (5:22)

The impact of the recent cold weather on US coal stockpiles and the effect of natural gas price volatility on coal as the dominant fuel for electricity generation.

Ignore the warm, US natural gas prices will reignite

February 19, 2014 (6:02)

The NYMEX gas futures market sees cold next week and next-day cash prices retreat only a bit, despite warmer temperatures this week. Platts US natural gas editors discuss.

Asian isomer-MX stays weak in H1 2014 on bearish demand

February 11, 2014 (5:02)

Regional demand for MX has been falling in tandem with dwindling consumption from the downstream paraxylene market. Michelle Kim examines the reasons behind the bearishness.

A look ahead at natural gas prices for the coming summer

February 7, 2014 (5:51)

Platts natural gas editors take a step back from the price volatility the US has seen this winter and look ahead to the expectations for natural gas prices this summer.

Turkish polymer demand sinks due to currency turmoil

February 7, 2014 (3:05)

Platts petrochemicals editors discuss the impact of the weakness in the Turkish Lira on Turkey's polymer market and the short-term recovery seen in the polypropylene market.

Atlantic thermal coal supply in 2014

February 5, 2014 (5:51)

Platts' European coal team discusses how recent Colombian supply disruptions have affected European-delivered spot prices and the repercussions on supply-demand fundamentals in 2014.

US benzene price surge has ripple affect

February 4, 2014 (7:09)

Bernardo Fallas and John Calton delve into the factors behind the recent surge in benzene prices on the US Gulf Coast, what the market expects in the near term, and the impact on downstream markets.

January 2014

Interview: Challenges facing carbon capture and storage in Europe

January 29, 2014 (13:09)

Platts interviews Dr Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of the Zero Emissions Platform, on the EC's energy and climate goals to 2030 and the challenges facing CCS as it seeks to secure a role in the EU’s decarbonization drive.

US gas prices soar on Arctic blasts

January 28, 2014 (5:56)

US natural gas prices soar during winter cold and some analysts are worried about end-of-winter levels. Rodney White, Bill Holland, and Jessica Marron discuss.

Interview: Stephen Bowers, Evonik, on the outlook for crude C4 market (part 2)

January 22, 2014 (11:19)

Stephen Bowers, Evonik, talks to Platts' Miguel Cambeiro and Antonios Panagiotopoulos, about the challenges and risks facing the European crude C4 market.

Mixed signals for LNG prices in shoulder months

January 22, 2014 (4:07)

Max Gostelow looks at the mixed changes affecting the Platts Japan Korea Marker (JKM) and significant events to look out for in the near term, on both supply and demand fronts.

Heating demand boosts natural gas to all-time high

January 21, 2014 (4:48)

Platts natural gas editors Letitia Vasquez and T.L. Hamilton discuss the record high prices reached in natural gas prices brought on by the polar vortex when heating demand was way up.

Interview: Stephen Bowers, Evonik, on the outlook for European MTBE, gasoline markets (part 1)

January 17, 2014 (5:48)

Stephen Bowers, Evonik, talks to Platts' Antonios Panagiotopoulos, about the challenges and risks facing the European MTBE and gasoline markets.

Italian gas, power prices see a bearish start to the year as outlook remains uncertain

January 17, 2014 (6:25)

Beatrice Bedeschi, associate editor for European gas and power, discusses recent regulatory developments in the Italian markets and price trends at the start of 2014.

Interview: Ineos director Tom Crotty on falling profits from European petrochemical assets

January 17, 2014 (12:49)

Ineos director, Tom Crotty, talks to Platts' Nandita Lal and Hetain Mistry, about the European petrochemical industry's dismal performance, shale gas in Europe and Ineos's initiatives in Europe.

Polar vortex spins up US natural gas markets

January 8, 2014 (4:10)

Polar vortex cold ignites cash gas market in New York and New England, futures stay quiet. Natural gas price predictions for 2014 and how did the analysts do in 2013?

December 2013

Winter natural gas use; drilling in Pennsylvania

December 24, 2013 (4:10)

Platts petrochemicals team discuss the impact of environmental legislation in the automotive and tire sector on European styrene-butadiene capacity.

Environmental legislation: Impact on European styrene-butadiene capacity

December 19, 2013 (4:26)

Platts petrochemicals team discuss the impact of environmental legislation in the automotive and tire sector on European styrene-butadiene capacity.

Cold, cold, and more cold juices US natural gas prices

December 12, 2013 (7:17)

Cold temperatures and forecasts for more cold kept natural gas prices climbing across the US. Platts Gas Daily editors discuss.

Interview: A perspective on the year ahead for the EU and the European nuclear industry

December 12, 2013 (3:54)

Interview with Jean-Pol Poncelet, director general of Foratom, the trade association representing the European nuclear energy industry, on the outlook for a new European Parliament and for the region's nuclear industry in 2014.

EU custom tariff hike effect on polyethylene trade flows

December 6, 2013 (3:54)

Platts petrochemical editor Nandita Lal and analyst Hetain Mistry on the change in PE trade flows as a result of an increase in EU custom tariffs from within the Gulf Cooperation Council as of January 1, 2014.

German gas market: 2013 in review

November 29, 2013 (4:35)

As 2013 starts to draw to a close, Platts discusses the year's price trends, trade volumes, policy developments, the future of fracking in Continental Europe's largest gas market.

November 2013

Bumpy paraxylene term negotiations to stretch into 2014

November 29, 2013 (4:35)

Term supply contract negotiations for paraxylene typically begin from October, but this year the talks are slow and unlikely to finish on time. Fumiko Dobashi examines the reasons behind the lack of agreement and the impact on the spot PX market.

Winter blast doesn’t ignite natural gas prices, Devon buy $6 billion worth of oil

November 26, 2013 (5:28)

Platts North American natural gas editors on winter temperatures across much of the Northeast consuming region failing to push natural gas prices up after weeks of gains; Devon Energy buying $6 bil worth of Eagle Ford oil.

Heightened focus on environment sees spike in China's LNG demand

November 26, 2013 (4:20)

Song Yen Ling, Platts Asia senior writer for oil and gas news, examines what is creating the pull for gas demand in China this winter and its increasing appetite for spot LNG.

Technical trading, supply concerns lift Algonquin forward prices to new heights

November 21, 2013 (4:38)

Platts natural gas editors talk about the recent record spikes experienced in the volatile New England gas markets thanks to supply concerns and technical trading.

European Commission’s recent proposal bearish for HDPE market

November 21, 2013 (3:33)

Earlier this month, the European Commission put forth a proposal aimed at drastically reducing the use of plastic bags in member states. Platts European petrochemical editors, discuss the impact of reduced plastic bag consumption on European HDPE.

Growing supply limits upside to winter's big chill

November 14, 2013 (5:24)

US natural gas prices up on cold weather; an ever-growing surplus of gas; pipeline interconnect with Mexico approved

Half of all drilling rigs may be powered by gas by 2018: industry executives

November 11, 2013 (6:06)

Industry executives and analysts foresee a dramatic move away from diesel for drilling operations that could lead to at least half all of US rigs being powered by natural gas in the next five years.

Southeast Asia prime location for small scale LNG projects

November 8, 2013 (5:37)

Industry experts are saying that there are huge opportunities for smaller LNG import and distribution projects across Southeast Asia. James Bourne explores the potential upside and likely challenges developers will face.

North-West European EPS prices to remain positive on rebound

November 7, 2013 (5:07)

Michelle Ho examines the surprising rebound in prices for expandable polystyrene, its effect on feedstock styrene, and market indicators for the rest of the year.

Asian SM production margins at 6-month low as global prices tumble

November 5, 2013 (3:13)

Gustav Holmvik examine the impact of falling global styrene monomer prices on production margins in Asia, and discusses the outlook for the market in the next few months into 2014.

October 2013

How low will gas prices go after winter forecasts warm?

October 31, 2013 (5:44)

More Utica gas is coming to market while the Marcellus keeps growing. Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy moves to natural gas.

Interview: UK power traders move to Gregorian calendar

October 30, 2013 (9:21)

Jillian Ambrose interviews Stephen Harris, chair of the UK's Power Trading Committee, on the market's transition to a new trading calendar from November 1.

Expected jump in demand for natural gas by petrochemical companies

October 28, 2013 (8:40)

Platts US natural gas editors Lettie Vasquez and Eunice Bridges explore the expected increase in natural gas demand from petrochemical projects along the US Gulf Coast.

Chinese domestic coal market prices rebound after winter restocking

October 28, 2013 (5:45)

Platts Asia coal team discusses in detail the latest price trends in the Chinese domestic coal market, focusing on two new daily Platts thermal coal price assessments.

US methanol prices driven higher and higher

October 23, 2013 (5:44)

Platts editors delve into what's driving up methanol spot prices and the impact of the shale gas revolution.

Winter demand sees sudden pickup in Platts LNG Japan Korea Marker

October 23, 2013 (4:39)

Chloe Hang and Max Gostelow, Platts Asia LNG associate editors, examine reasons behind the recovery of LNG spot trading after staying largely stagnant post summer.

Gas traders playing with one eye closed; McClendon and Icahn are back

October 16, 2013 (5:56)

Discussing the effects of the federal shutdown, high gas prices expected for New England this winter, and foreign ambassadors on why they need cheap US gas.

RINs prices take a tumble as US questions government plans to curb the blend wall

October 15, 2013 (9:02)

Platts editors discuss where question marks surrounding the government's plans to stave off the blend wall has found a reaction in RINs prices.

Growing demand in Mexico for US natural gas

October 11, 2013 (7:41)

Platts natural gas editors Lettie Vasquez and Eunice Bridges explore the reasons for Mexico's increased US natural gas demand and how the market expects the increase to affect US gas prices.

Asian paraxylene market to remain tight towards year end

October 11, 2013 (5:07)

Fumiko Dobashi, Platts Asia petrochemicals senior editor, looks at reasons behind the tightness in the Asian PX market as well as the outlook for the rest of the year.

Natural gas prices fall on cold; Binz in trouble; “bullet pipe” for New England?

October 3, 2013 (5:47)

Natural gas prices lose altitude. Ron Binz as FERC chair is trouble for the Senate. A “bullet” pipe could be the solution to high prices in New England.

NWE polyethylene terephthalate faces bearish Q4

October 3, 2013 (3:34)

Platts petrochemical editors consider the current reversal in NWE polyethylene terephthalate prices following September's increases and the market expectation for a weak fourth quarter.

September 2013

UK Energy Price Debate: Platts on Power Market Fundamentals, BBC Radio 4

September 25, 2013 (2:36)

Edwards-Evans highlights studies that compare UK and Continental European retail prices, explains how retail prices are configured in the UK, and sheds light on the operating environment for UK utilities.

Gas demand predicted to keep growing; Pennsylvania wastewater spill; manipulation of energy markets

September 20, 2013 (7:19)

Analysts ramp up projections for gas demand, energy regulators ask Congress to step in to clear up jurisdictional disputes, and XTO faces charges for wastewater spill

Asian MTBE prices tumble on softening blending demand

September 20, 2013 (5:58)

Anton Ferkov examines reasons behind falling prices for Asian MTBE in the month of September, such as the widening spread between naphtha and gasoline, and discusses the outlook for coming months.

Global polymer and elastomers outlook

September 13, 2013 (12:15)

Platts interviews Oleg Makarov, MD, planning, logistics, sales support, SIBUR on the company's strategy and outlook in key polymers and elastomers markets, and its expectations for the global economy.

EU carbon market regulation and reform

September 10, 2013 (7:59)

Platts interviews David Hone, chief climate change advisor with Shell and chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association, on the outlook for EU carbon market regulation and long-term reform.

The global outlook for styrene

September 9, 2013 (8:11)

Platts petrochemical team delves into the outlook for styrene prices, especially global supply constraints and what makes styrene a safe bet for 2013.

Europe's refiners need clear EU direction on industry future

September 9, 2013 (13:21)

Platts interviews Michel Bénézit, the former Executive Vice President at TOTAL and now newly elected President of EUROPIA, on the ongoing challenges facing the European refining sector.

August 2013

What's driving the new nuclear construction in the US?

August 29, 2013 (4:52)

Platts nuclear editor discusses why utilities are building new nuclear capacity when electricity prices are so low and the price of natural gas is relatively low.

Falling orthoxylene fails to stop Asian phthalic anhydride makers from alternative feedstock

August 27, 2013 (7:57)

Platts petrochemicals team discusses reasons behind the recent OX price crash and expected trends between OX and the downstream plasticizer market.

Heat comes back, prices stand up, Marcellus roars

August 23, 2013 (4:53)

Heat ignited natural gas NYMEX prices to three-week high, Marcellus production soars again, and changes are coming to Mexico’s oil and gas regime.

Would Mexico's petrochemical sector benefit from foreign investment?

August 19, 2013 (7:50)

Focus on the potential impact of a proposed constitutional change to open private investment in Mexico’s energy industry on that country’s petrochemicals industry.

LNG price-link to high temperatures breaks on North Asia heat wave

August 16, 2013 (6:10)

Platts Asia LNG team discusses reasons behind the slow uptake in LNG demand despite the heat wave across North Asia.

Cooler weather crushes gas prices, Boston cheaper than Louisiana

August 8, 2013 (5:14)

For the first time ever, it will be cheaper to buy gas for Boston than in Louisiana because of the Marcellus Shale.

Strategic realignment in the global chemical industry

August 8, 2013 (7:26)

Platts petrochemical editors interview KPMG on the strategic realignment in the global chemical industry amid the shale gas boom in the USA.

Polymer freight rates outlook for H2 2013 and 2014

August 1, 2013 (4:20)

Platts petrochemicals team examines the condition of sea freight trade flows in Asia and Europe and the outlook for the second half of 2013 and 2014.

July 2013

German, CEE power prices recover from record lows as elections loom

July 25, 2013 (13:44)

Platts European power editors discuss recent power price movements in Germany and Central Eastern Europe as Germany’s elections move into focus.

Heat fails to ignite US gas prices, Canadian cash at lows

July 24, 2013 (4:16)

Platts natural gas editors discuss the heat wave that fails to move US natural gas prices and Canadian cash prices plummeting to three year lows.

Can China afford its natural gas price hike?

July 19, 2013 (7:00)

Song Yen Ling, Platts Asia senior writer for China on the oil team, discusses the recent significant hike in natural gas prices in China and what it means for all players involved.

US Midwest power generation outlook

July 18, 2013 (6:12)

Platts editors discuss the changing landscape that will see coal's dominant position in the generation mix of the US' midsection deteriorate as natural gas and wind increase their role in meeting power demand.

US natural gas prices stay in a tight band while traders wait for a signal

July 9, 2013 (6:02)

US natural gas prices hit summer doldrums waiting for a price signal, SEC probe may torpedo $4-billion acquisition, and Josh Fox is back with another anti-fracking flick.

Styrene monomer, butadiene prices at opposite ends

July 4, 2013 (4:54)

Platts Asia petrochemicals team examines the record high price spread between styrene monomer and benzene, and at the other extreme, butadiene prices at a four year record low.

India doubles natural gas prices

July 3, 2013 (4:25)

Mriganka Jaipuriyar discusses the Indian government's decision to double gas prices in order to stimulate investment and who the winners and losers are.

June 2013

Italian power prices plummet to zero on high renewable generation

June 28, 2013 (8:01)

Beatrice Bedeschi discusses how high rates of renewable generation drove electricity prices on the Italian power exchange to zero in June while the gas market faces low storage levels compared to previous years.

Carbon emission caps; frack fluid contamination; gas pipeline contracts; gas price drop

June 27, 2013 (4:57)

US natural gas editors discuss carbon emission caps, falling NYMEX July gas prices, contract expirations looming for gas pipelines, and fracking fluids in Wyoming.

Changing landscape for Texas power generation mix

June 21, 2013 (7:39)

North American natural gas editors delve into the changing landscape for new generation being built in Texas, a state in which coal and wind power might be threatening natural gas' dominant role in the state.

Why is China sending discounted isomer-MX into Asia?

June 17, 2013 (3:25)

Michelle Kim, Platts Asian petrochemicals editor, shares reasons behind the increase in China's discounted isomer-grade mixed xylenes in the Asia spot market in recent weeks.

European thermal coal price outlook: the story behind the recent falls

June 13, 2013 (7:11)

Platts international coal team discusses how supply-demand imbalance has caused recent sharp drops in European and S. African prompt thermal coal pricing and also why there has been a similar decline in prices further out in the forward curve.

US natural gas liquids pipeline expansion

June 6, 2013 (7:41)

North American natural gas editors discuss increasing NGL pipeline capacity from Appalachia to the US Gulf Coast and how it is impacting decisions on where to build ethane crackers.

North Asia LNG prices yet to heat up with onset of summer

June 6, 2013 (6:05)

Stephanie Wilson, Platts managing editor for LNG, and Chloe Hang, associate editor, examine the factors for continued weak LNG demand in North Asia.

May 2013

Gas prices stay above $4, more demand on horizon?

May 31, 2013 (4:33)

Platts natural gas editors discuss N. American natural gas prices, LNG terminal approvals, and PG&E objecting to a record $2.5 billion fine.

Does China's proposed low CV coal ban spell trouble for Indonesian prices?

May 27, 2013 (12:37)

Platts coal team discusses the possibility of China's ban on low CV coal and what it means for the Asian coal markets.

Butadiene defies investment drought in Europe

May 23, 2013 (5:28)

Platts petrochemical editors talk about upstream and downstream fundamentals that help butadiene defy the investment drought seen in European petrochemicals.

US natural gas and steel businesses still going strong in Utica Shale play

May 22, 2013 (5:41)

US natural gas editors explain that steel mills and natural gas production companies continue to plan for expansion in the Utica Shale play.

US natural gas prices drop below $4/MMBtu

May 15, 2013 (4:18)

Natural gas prices retreat below $4/MMBtu, the US government hikes its price forecast for the full year, and which state is leading the charge into alternative fuels for cars and trucks?

Styrene premium over benzene doubles in May amid heavy run cuts

May 14, 2013 (8:17)

Platts European petrochemical reporters discuss the cause and effects for recent volatility in the premium of styrene over benzene, fundamental changes and the outlook ahead.

US natural gas pipelines considering partial conversions to oil or NGL

May 3, 2013 (6:00)

Patrick Badgley, US natural gas editor, discusses the implications of natural gas pipeline companies considering partial conversions to oil or natural gas liquids service and what that switch would mean for consumers.

US river segment closures affect coal barge markets

May 1, 2013 (3:22)

Platts Asia LNG team discusses the well supported prices in India, despite downward pressure from North Asia, and the fundamental factors affecting Indian LNG demand

April 2013

India spot LNG prices resilient despite North Asia downward pressure

April 29, 2013 (8:40)

Platts Asia LNG team discusses the well supported prices in India, despite downward pressure from North Asia, and the fundamental factors affecting Indian LNG demand

What price brings drillers back to dry gas?

April 25, 2013 (5:49)

US natural gas editors discuss traders getting crushed by calendar spread trades as the curve flattens, market prices holding up above $4/MMBtu and a look at the question: is $4 enough to get drillers to move back to dry gas.

Proposed coal terminals for the US Pacific Northwest

April 23, 2013 (5:13)

Platts editors provide an update on four remaining proposed coal export terminals planned for the Pacific Northwest following the announcement that a second project had been abandoned.

What's driving huge price differences in global methanol?

April 22, 2013 (5:13)

Platts Asia Petrochemical team examines the reasons behind the multi-year wide gap between methanol prices in Asia, compared to US and Europe.

Low CV Indonesian thermal coal demand strong

April 11, 2013 (6:27)

Platts Asia Coal team look at low calorific value Indonesian thermal coal, especially 3,800 and 4,200 kcal/kg GAR coal, which is in strong demand from both India and China, with several deals being reported in recent days.

US natural gas glut disappears after a cold March

April 11, 2013 (6:18)

Natural gas editors Bill Holland, Rodney White, and Ana Gnezditskaia explain the effect the recent storage deficit has had on natural gas prices and the continued growth of shale gas.

Asia power project development sees large fall in capacity in 2012

April 3, 2013 (12:01)

Platts editors discuss the major trends in Asia power development, including the increasing use of internationally traded fuel as power feedstocks and the dominance of coal in the fuel mix.

March 2013

US natural gas prices recovering after a long drop

March 29, 2013 (5:48)

Natural gas editors Bill Holland, Rodney White, and Ana Gnezditskaia explain why the US natural gas market is getting mildly bullish after a long drop, new greenhouse gas regulations, and the situation with shipping more LNG overseas.

Unstable LNG spot prices and North Asia key developments

March 22, 2013 (8:41)

Max Gostelow and Chloe Hang, Platts associate editors for LNG, assess reasons behind the volatility of spot prices and key Q2 developments in North Asia.

Northwest European PET price surge held in check by feedstock volatility

March 12, 2013 (5:35)

Platts editors discuss how industry uncertainty over feedstock prices is putting a block on upward price momentum in the European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market

US shale boom impacts balance of global aromatics market

March 7, 2013 (6:57)

Platts editors discuss how the global supply and demand balance of aromatics is being effected by the US refineries' increasing consumption of shale oil from plays such as Eagle Ford.

Colombian thermal coal export disruptions and its effect on the European market

March 7, 2013 (12:24)

Platts' international coal team assesses the effects of the recent Colombian supply disruptions on the European thermal coal market and what is in store for the Colombian coal market.

Distributed energy - 'dramatic growth poses multiple challenges': Poyry

March 6, 2013 (16:57)

Henry Edwardes-Evans interviews Mike Wilks, Senior Principal of Poyry Management Consulting, on distributed energy and how this is growing dynamically in the European power markets.

February 2013

US LNG to challenge Spain's exports to Asia, South America

February 27, 2013 (10:00)

Platts' editors assess the role of Italy and Spain in the global LNG market, in the light of the strengthening role of the US as an LNG exporter.

Coal-to-gas switching trends in the Western US

February 26, 2013 (13:09)

US natural gas editors talk about how the power demand for natural gas in the US Southwest and Rockies could fluctuate in coming years.

Proposed intervention drives EU carbon, power price volatility

February 21, 2013 (8:19)

Platts' European power team assesses proposed carbon market regulatory intervention and its significant impact on European carbon and power prices.

January 2013

Italian power prices fall on cheaper PSV gas, bearish European sentiment

January 31, 2013 (7:58)

Platts' European power/gas team discuss recent developments in Italian power in the context of falling PSV gas prices and increasingly bearish sentiment in European forward power markets.

How well has the North Asian LNG market weathered the harsh winter?

January 29, 2013 (4:50)

As we near the end of the North Asian winter buying season, and with record low temperatures having been reported in the region, LNG supply and demand fundamentals have come under the spotlight, especially against a backdrop of a lack of nuclear power.

Northeast US natural gas prices skyrocket during cold snap

January 25, 2013 (4:50)

Platts' US natural gas team talks about the changes in prices and demand as markets try to settle back down after a cold snap in the northeast US sent natural gas prices and fuel oil prices in the area skyrocketing.

EU biofuels industry moves to tighten control of waste biofuels

January 24, 2013 (4:50)

Platts' biofuels team discusses the growing concern of fraud surrounding waste-derived biofuels, as the industry steps up efforts to curtail bogus trading practices.

US thermal coal export prospects in Europe and Asia

January 18, 2013 (10:06)

Platts' coal team assesses the current state of the US thermal coal export market and the prospects for US suppliers in the heavily supplied European and Asian markets in 2013.

Changes in EU biofuels certification systems spread uncertainty

January 17, 2013 (10:27)

Platts' biofuels team discusses the background and possible implications of the way biofuels certified as sustainable can be traded across borders on the EU ethanol and biodiesel markets.

December 2012

The future of dry gas production in Texas

December 20, 2012 (10:00)

Lettie Vasquez and Liz Bassett discuss the current gas environment in Texas and what price concerns and slowly developing demand may mean for the future of dry gas production in the state.

UK's energy future takes shape with Energy Bill and Gas Strategy

December 10, 2012 (4:16)

Jillian Ambrose, associate editor for Platts European Power Daily, takes a look at the impact of the UK's long-awaited Energy Bill presented to parliament November 29, and the accompanying Gas Strategy published one week later.

Shell's Quest project: a leap forward for carbon capture & storage?

December 7, 2012 (14:50)

Henry Edwardes-Evans interviews Bill Spence, Shell's Head of CCS, on the progress of the company's Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project, which when completed, will aim to reduce CO2 emissions from Shell’s oil sands in Canada; and on the state of CCS technology and development in Europe.

LNG arbitrage opportunities in Asia rise with winter demand and low supply

December 7, 2012 (9:12)

Platts associate editors for LNG, Max Gostelow and Chloe Hang, consider how low Asia Pacific supply and increases in LNG demand have affected North Asian prices.

November 2012

Developments in German & Central Eastern power markets

November 21, 2012 (4:36)

Petra Witowski analyzes recent developments in the Central and Eastern European energy sector; assesses trends in Hungary and the Czech Republic; and provides an outlook for the spot market as the winter season approaches.

Rising cash and production costs of coal hit Australian producers hard

November 14, 2012 (10:39)

Platts' editor Mike Cooper considers the reasons contributing to coal producers' declining profit margins, and the possibility for arbitrage of Australian coal to India.

What can power systems do to prepare for future severe weather?

November 13, 2012 (6:13)

As residents of New York and New Jersey slog through the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Cathy Cash, senior editor, describes how energy and policy experts say distributed generation and microgrid technology will, or should, receive more serious consideration as state officials try shore up grid reliability.

Low end user demand & high raw material costs impact European PVC market

November 8, 2012 (5:29)

Francinia Protti and Nandita Lal discuss the dynamics at play in the European chlorvinyls chain; how the European economic malaise is effecting PVC demand; and the over capacity of commodity grade PVC material.

Gas traders line up early for New England winter roller coaster ride

November 7, 2012 (4:17)

Major storms and ongoing bad weather have already sent the US Northeast markets into winter mode. Associate editors Lettie Vasquez and Liz Bassett discuss recent New England price volatility and analyze what's driving the price fluctuations.

Hitachi to buy Horizon Nuclear Power and bring ABWRs to UK

November 2, 2012 (4:12)

European editor for Platts nuclear publications, Victoria Baghdjian, discusses the implications of the Hitachi takeover of E.On and RWE's joint venture company Horizon Nuclear Power for the UK nuclear industry.

October 2012

How has the Nippon Shokubai explosion affected the olefins market in Asia?

October 31, 2012 (4:22)

Platts editors Ihsan Rahim and Chen Huixin look at the impact of the Nippon Shokubai explosion its feedstock, propylene, as well as the Asian ethylene market.

Atlantic thermal coal price outlook

October 25, 2012 (4:54)

Platts' coal editors, Gareth Carpenter and Jaime Concha, discuss why European coal prices remain depressed at a time when winter restocking is usually expected to buttress the market.

Gasoline prices and the US presidential election

October 23, 2012 (4:30)

Derek Sands and Jeff Mower talk about the lack of attention that gasoline prices are getting in the US presidential election. But in this close election, could energy issues sway some voters?

Declining UK surplus electricity capacity and the coming LCPD closures

October 19, 2012 (5:55)

Platts' Jillian Ambrose, associate editor for UK power, discusses the narrowing surplus capacity margins in the UK electricity sector.

EU proposes limiting the amount of biofuels produced from food sources

October 18, 2012 (6:05)

Platts' Kimberly Peterson and Guilherme Kfouri explore events in the biofuels sector as it moves to reach the EU's 2020 climate change goals.

US gas prices and the Northeast production landscape

October 12, 2012 (7:13)

Platts' Liz Bassett on the gas production landscape in the US Northeast, focusing on the Marcellus Shale; industry prospects for 2013.

Why have Australian prices stayed flat despite coal demand rising in Asia?

October 12, 2012 (6:20)

James O'Connell, managing editor for the International Coal Report, takes a look at the factors hurting Australian prices in the Asian market.

Asian LNG pricing at a crossroads

October 5, 2012 (7:40)

William Powell talks on the changing market for LNG in Asia, as US exports loom and Henry Hub prices are so much lower than oil indexed contracts.

Snapshot of the US polypropylene market

October 1, 2012 (6:53)

Bernardo Fallas explains how the US polypropylene market has been strengthening lately and the connection between PDH technology and shale gas.

September 2012

Record toluene and solvent-mixed xylenes inventory levels in China raise eyebrows

September 27, 2012 (5:11)

Platts Asian petrochemical editors Ng Baoying and Joycelyn Chua take a closer look at the reasons for the low toluene and solvent-mixed xylene inventory levels in China.

Developments in Continental European power markets

September 14, 2012 (9:22)

Petra Witowski and Andreas Franke, editors for Platts European Power Daily, analyze recent events surrounding German power prices; examine trends in the Polish market; and assess whether the introduction of market coupling has affected power prices in the region.

China opens opportunity for foreign shale gas tenders

September 12, 2012 (6:10)

Platts' senior writer on the Chinese oil markets, Song Yen Ling, looks at China's latest decision to allow foreign companies to bid for Chinese shale gas blocks.

Have thermal coal prices in Asia finally bottomed out?

September 12, 2012 (6:41)

Platts managing editor for the International Coal Report, James O' Connell, considers the demand for thermal coal in Asia, especially with Chinese buyers holding off.

Coal-to-gas shift in US Midwest

September 7, 2012 (8:22)

Katie Bailey delves into the evolving fuel mix for power generation in Ohio, a state that could undergo significant changes in the near future as its Utica Shale is developed.

Examining the reasons for high backwardation for Asian benzene

September 6, 2012 (3:40)

Melvin Li takes a closer look at how the wide arbitrage window in South Korea to the US has affected the Asian benzene market this year.

August 2012

Interview with Miles Austin, CMIA, on EU carbon allowances

August 31, 2012 (11:25)

Examining the likelihood that longer-term reform of the EU ETS will be agreed and implemented; whether the ICAO is capable of delivering a global system to control aviation emissions; and the challenges and opportunities facing carbon market participants.

Mild summer in Japan hits LNG spot values

August 29, 2012 (10:05)

Platts editor Hong Chou Hui takes a closer look at how a mild start to the 2012 summer has hit LNG spot values in Asia.

California's potentially controversial greenhouse gas emissions market

August 23, 2012 (5:10)

Platts editor Marty Coyne explains the controversy over resource shuffling in California.

Ethane rejection in the US Marcellus Shale

August 17, 2012 (8:11)

Elizabeth Bassett and Samantha Santa Maria, managing editor, North American natural gas, describe the issues with ethane rejection in the Marcellus Shale in the US Northeast, an area that has hardly any ethane infrastructure.

South Korean buyers maintain demand for thermal coal in Asia

August 16, 2012 (12:08)

Platts editors Jimmy O'Connell and Mike Cooper discuss the recent thermal coal demand in Asia, especially with Chinese demand slowing.

Natural gas supply/demand shifts could impact winter prices

August 7, 2012 (8:14)

Elizabeth Bassett discusses upcoming projects to move gas out of the US Northeast to consuming areas and how that’s changing the market.

July 2012

Interview with Rafal Wittmann, GAZ-SYSTEM, on gas developments in CEE

July 31, 2012 (8:24)

William Powell talks with Rafal Wittmann, Director of Development & Investment Division, GAZ-SYSTEM, on the development of the natural gas market in Poland and Central & Eastern Europe; the status of the ongoing and planned infrastructure projects; and challenges to be addressed by TSOs in the region.

UK offshore safety regulator sees draft EC regulation as a risk

July 25, 2012 (7:57)

William Powell discusses the European Commission's proposed offshore oil and gas safety regulation, which has implications for the UK Health & Safety Executive, if the UK is unable to negotiate for a directive instead.

European gas markets well supplied after cold snaps and strikes

July 24, 2012 (7:21)

Beatrice Bedeschi and Nathan Richardson discuss the key factors that influenced European gas markets in the first half of 2012 and examine how the picture looks for the rest of the year.

European petrochemical prices volatile amid swings in naphtha

July 23, 2012 (3:54)

Platts Europe reporters, Nandita Lal and Anna Ward, discuss how the volatility in naphtha prices has filtered through into the petrochemical market, focusing on recent events surrounding ethylene.

Rising exports weigh down Richards Bay thermal coal spot prices

July 19, 2012 (7:11)

Jaime Concha and Jacqueline Holman, associate editors for Platts International Coal Report, discuss the South African thermal coal market, including the stronger rail performance from state logistics group Transnet, trading conditions in the market, and the possibility of spot prices finding a floor.

Will the recent rebound in Asian petrochemical prices last?

July 17, 2012 (5:07)

Platts managing editor for Asian petrochemicals, Chua Sok Peng, considers whether the recent rebound in prices from two-year-lows can be sustained in the long run.

Canada firms seize on NGL output from US shales

July 10, 2012 (11:51)

Eunice Bridges and Katie Bailey, Platts North American reporters, discuss why several Canadian petrochemical and midstream natural gas companies are expanding capacity and services in Sarnia, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, and what this means for US ethane imports into Canada.

June 2012

Developments in German & Central Eastern power markets

June 18, 2012 (10:21)

Petra Witowski and Andreas Franke, editors for Platts European Power Daily, analyze recent developments in the German energy sector; examine renewables in Eastern Europe; and assess the outlook for forward prices.

Despite record high benzene prices, consumers still undeterred

June 14, 2012 (5:20)

Platts' European petrochemicals editorial team discusses why, despite record high Northwest European benzene prices, consumers are still not deterred; and assess the likelihood of supply constraints easing in the future.

US gas surplus leads to debate over LNG exports

June 12, 2012 (5:24)

Kate Winston, associate editor with Platts Inside FERC, discusses why the US has a surplus of natural gas, the latest findings on the impacts on gas prices of US LNG exports, and the debate on whether the US should export LNG.

US thermal coal influx bearing down on European, Asian markets

June 7, 2012 (5:01)

Jaime Concha and Jacqueline Holman, associate editors for Platts International Coal Report, discuss how US thermal coal exports are bearing down on the Atlantic and Pacific seaborne coal markets.

GIE Annual Conference 2012: An overview of events

June 7, 2012 (5:50)

William Powell, senior managing editor for Platts International Gas Report, provides an overview of events at the recent Gas Infrastructure Europe conference held in Kraków, Poland.

Defaults in China affect global thermal coal markets

June 1, 2012 (11:56)

Platts managing editor Jimmy O' Connell, speaks to associate editor, Mike Cooper, senior editor for thermal coal, about how defaults by end-users in China have affected the global thermal coal markets.

May 2012

PVC production trimmed amidst low seasonal demand

May 21, 2012 (5:55)

Platts editors Max Gostelow and Chloe Hang consider if summer demand could push the JKM to new heights, especially with an expected tight supply market looming.

Summer demand could push JKM to new heights

May 17, 2012 (11:29)

Platts editors Max Gostelow and Chloe Hang consider if summer demand could push the JKM to new heights, especially with an expected tight supply market looming.

ACER must implement REMIT rules without imposing excessive burden on the energy market: director

May 15, 2012 (8:21)

Kimberly Peterson interviews Alberto Pototschnig, director Acer, and discusses the organization's plans regarding the monitoring of Europe's wholesale and OTC power markets; it's drive to provide insurance that trading is based on fundamentals; and the challenges it faces as it moves ahead with its plans.

Intense coal-to-gas switching in US Southeast in-the-money through 2014

May 15, 2012 (12:22)

Platts North American gas editors discuss how coal-to-gas switching in the US' biggest power consuming region of the Southeast has been led by historically low natural gas prices and declining electricity margins in the near-term.

Revenue sharing bill could foster more offshore oil, gas drilling

May 11, 2012 (2:49)

Keith Chu, associate editor, Platts Inside Energy, discusses US Senator Ron Wyden’s announcement that he would try to pass a revenue sharing bill and what that could mean for drilling safety legislation.

Power grid operators worry about geomagnetic storms

May 10, 2012 (8:04)

Jason Fordney, associate editor with Platts US electric power news, discusses the controversy concerning solar storms and their effect on the electric power grid and legislation that would require the industry to make improvements and give the federal government more authority to require protective measures.

US natural gas summer 2012 outlook

May 8, 2012 (8:04)

Platts Gas Daily editors, Liz Bassett and Patrick Badgley, discuss the North American markets most likely to be affected by price volatility this summer; assess the likelihood of weather conditions impacting gas demand.

China's shale gas sector heating up

May 7, 2012 (8:02)

Platts senior writer for the Chinese oil markets, Song Yen Ling, takes a closer look at the Chinese shale gas sector, in light of last week's China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing.

US Rockies gas production to remain steady despite sub-$2 prices

May 3, 2012 (7:17)

Eunice Bridges, associate editor of Platts Gas Daily, discusses why natural gas production in the US Rockies is expected to remain steady -- and even increase -- despite spot prices hovering below $2/MMBtu throughout the region.

Recession, high feedstock costs hit rubber/tire industry competitiveness

May 2, 2012 (12:12)

Miguel Cambeiro and David Potter, editors on European petrochemicals team, discuss the impact of the European butadiene contract price for May on styrene, butadiene rubber and tire producers.

April 2012

US polyethylene export market stagnating

April 26, 2012 (6:19)

Ben Morse, senior editor, discusses buyers globally not reacting to an increase in prices in the polyethylene market.

Europe's gas paradox

April 23, 2012 (6:55)

William Powell, senior managing editor for the Platts International Gas Report, outlines how despite the low carbon credentials of gas, it is still not as profitable in Europe as coal; the issues surrounding gas contracts' indexation to oil; as well as the reaction of midstream companies to the industry's downturn.

NWE MEG spot prices weighed down on slow derivative offtake

April 20, 2012 (4:18)

Nandita Lal and Michelle Ho, editors on the European petrochemical desk, discuss the combination of factors which have led to the easing of spot monoethylene glycol prices.

How will Japanese demand for LNG affect Asia in 2012?

April 13, 2012 (6:31)

Platts Asia LNG managing editor Hong Chou Hui, gives an insight towards how Japanese LNG demand could affect the Asian markets in 2012.

Duke Energy still seeking to buy Progress Energy

April 11, 2012 (6:31)

Esther Whieldon, associate editor, discusses the year-long attempt by Duke Energy to buy Progress Energy, which would make Duke one of the largest electric utilities in the United States with roughly 7 million electric customers.

European orthoxylene to set new record on second wind of domestic demand/tight supply

April 5, 2012 (6:50)

Miguel Cambeiro, senior petrochemical editor, discuss how the orthoxylene market is set to strengthen further on its own good domestic demand/tight supply fundamentals, despite volatile Asian export market.

Slowdown of natural gas drilling in the Montney Shale

April 2, 2012 (7:11)

Eunice Bridges, assistant editor, discusses the reasons behind a drilling pullback in the Montney Shale in Western Canada when producers are not pulling back in other liquids-rich plays such as the Eagle Ford in South Texas.

March 2012

Utica Shale poised to become big gas, liquids resource for Northeast US

March 29, 2012 (7:04)

Elizabeth Bassett, North American natural gas reporter, explains how various energy companies are planning to build new pipelines and processing plants in the Utica Shale.

Costs, not demand, pushing up US polyethylene prices

March 22, 2012 (5:56)

Ben Morse, senior editor, discusses the US polyethylene market and how costs, not demand, have driven up prices in the first quarter of 2012.

Slow demand and high stocks pressure European biofuels in Q1

March 21, 2012 (5:24)

Guilherme Kfouri, associate editor for Platts EMEA fuel ethanol, and Maria Tsay, assistant editor for Platts EMEA biodiesel, discuss factors that have been pressuring European biofuels markets in the first quarter of 2012.

Litigation impacting regulation of greenhouse gas emissions

March 19, 2012 (11:21)

Cathy Cash, senior editor, discusses a case before the appeals court, Coalition for Responsible Regulation versus EPA, which consolidates four major challenges to the federal government’s ability to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources for the first time.

Challenging times for natural gas storage sector

March 13, 2012 (6:22)

Patrick Badgley, associate editor covering the natural gas spot markets, discusses the high levels of gas remaining in storage after a mild winter, shale as a game changer, and strict EPA rules that could lead to more natural gas development in lieu of coal.

Why are Asian isomer-grade mixed xylene markets climbing to record highs?

March 8, 2012 (8:07)

Joycelyn Chua, associate editor for mixed xylene, and Ng Baoying, associate editor for the Platts Asia Petrochemicals team, discuss how the rise of Asian isomer-grade mixed xylene prices to record levels could be the result of more than just firm paraxylene prices.

Russia's ESPO pipeline mega-project to impact market dynamics

March 7, 2012 (8:26)

Stuart Elliott, Platts senior managing editor for Europe and Africa oil news, and Nadia Rodova, Platts Moscow bureau chief, Platts Moscow bureau chief, discuss how phase 2 of Russia's ESPO pipeline will add up to another 400,000 b/d of oil to the market; whether this will help ESPO become a regional benchmark; and debate if China will likely be the main customer for the additional supply of crude.

Russian energy policy at the crossroads: what will change post-election?

March 1, 2012 (10:38)

Stuart Elliott, Platts senior managing editor for Europe and Africa oil news, and Nadia Rodova, Platts Moscow bureau chief, assess the implications of the presidential election on Russia's oil and gas sectors. They discuss whether Russia's major state owned companies will undergo greater forms of privatization; what impact any new tax incentives could have on the development of both new & old oil resources; and whether there will be changes to the investment climate for foreign companies.

February 2012

Propylene prices volatile in the US

February 28, 2012 (6:49)

Bernardo Fallas, associate editor for Platts petrochemicals, describes how crude refiners are facing low margins, which curtails the supply of refinery grade propylene, which in turn affects the polypropylene side of the downstream markets. The short-term outlook for propylene will continue to be tight whereas the long-term outlook could involve building more all-purpose propylene plants.

Insurance fears see few tankers ready to haul Iran crude

February 21, 2012 (14:16)

Pradeep Rajan, Platts Asian shipping editor, speaks about how US and European sanctions on vessels which call at ports in the Islamic Republic, are starting to hurt the Asian shipping industry.

Interview with Dr. Susanne Nies, Eurelectric, on European energy policy and generation

February 16, 2012 (4:11)

In this podcast, Dr. Susanne Nies, Head of Unit Energy Policy and Generation, Eurelectric, is interviewed by Henry Edwardes-Evans, Managing Editor, Platts Power in Europe, focusing on the energy and environment policy dossiers that top Eurelectric's list this year; what Eurelectric's position is on incentives for backup power as renewables grow; and whether current efforts are sufficient to ensure a consistent regional approach to securing energy supply.

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