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Oil

London (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 940 am EDT/1340 GMT
After a couple of months of increasing values, Angola's heavy crudes, which had been outperforming lighter barrels, have seen demand falter, allowing the heavy-light spread to widen again.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 939 am EDT/1339 GMT
Cash differentials for Middle East sour crude oil grades have fallen to multi-month lows after demand dissipated while supplies remained available for May-loading cargoes, traders said Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 340 am EDT/740 GMT
China is highly likely to restrict oil product exports in the first half of 2017 to flat or below H1 2016 levels amid growing focus on pollution control, curbing excess capacity and international trade flows, sources with knowledge of the matter said this week.
Houston (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 555 pm EDT/2155 GMT
Substantial demand and bullish data propped up US Gulf Coast gasoline prices Wednesday, lifting primary grade outright values to their highest levels in months.
London (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 924 am EDT/1324 GMT
Kazakhstan's energy minister, Kanat Bozumbayev, has again cast doubt on the country's commitment to cut oil output under an agreement with OPEC, telling state media that March output was again likely to be on the high side and suggesting the trajectory of production was upward.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 942 am EDT/1342 GMT
Maintenance at the UK's only long-range natural gas storage facility, Rough, that has cut withdrawal capacity to zero have been extended by two days to Sunday, owner-operator Centrica Storage Ltd.
Houston (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 552 pm EDT/2152 GMT
The NYMEX April natural gas futures contract expired on a high note, with the prompt-month contract settling at an eight-week high of $3.175/MMBtu, up 7.9 cents day on day.
Lausanne, Switzerland (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 925 am EDT/1325 GMT
LNG supplies to Europe can increasingly be diverted into storage in the summer, giving storage operators the ability to then release the gas in the higher-demand winter months, the head of Italian TSO Snam said Wednesday.
Washington (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 550 pm EDT/2150 GMT
US President Donald Trump Tuesday signed an executive order rolling back much of the Obama administration's policy efforts to combat climate change.
London (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 946 am EDT/1346 GMT
Well maintenance affecting withdrawal capacity at the UK's only long- range natural gas storage facility, Rough, has been extended into the second half of April, owner-operator Centrica Storage Ltd.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 946 am EDT/1346 GMT
The European Energy Exchange (EEX) said Thursday it had welcomed RWE's power trading unit as a market maker for its Spanish, French and Italian power futures markets.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 945 am EDT/1345 GMT
Ohio wholesale power prices continued a slow but steady rise during the past year, clearing at $51.16/MWh in AEP Ohio's latest descending clock auction Tuesday to serve the utility's standard service offer customers.
London (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 930 am EDT/1330 GMT
German spot power prices rose Wednesday on a drop in wind power output, while French prices edged lower following a strike on Wednesday and continued mild weather with all countries across the CWE region market-coupled during peakload hours, erasing the typical French winter premium, sources said. German day-ahead base rose Eur3.75 on the day to Eur33/MWh in OTC trading with Epex Spot settling just below the OTC at Eur32.62/MWh for the baseload contract.
London (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 928 am EDT/1328 GMT
US nuclear energy company Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday after the nuclear plant expansion projects it was building for two groups of utilities in Georgia and South Carolina went over budget, the group's parent company, Japan's Toshiba Corp, said in a statement.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 553 pm EDT/2153 GMT
National Grid is planning a high-voltage power line to deliver 1,200 MW from Canada to New England that would compete in a pending request for proposals for clean power supplies, including hydroelectric resources.
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Coal

Houston (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 551 pm EDT/2151 GMT
Total US coal carload volumes have showed some recovery after declining in consecutive weeks, railroad and Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.
Sydney (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 1108 pm EDT/308 GMT
The coal industry in Australia's Queensland state was hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Debbie on Tuesday, and with heavy rains expected to continue for the coming days, it is too early to tell exactly how bad the damage is, a spokeswoman for the Queensland Resources Council said Wednesday.
Sydney (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 1218 am EDT/418 GMT
Operations in Australia's major coal producing region, the Bowen Basin in Queensland, are under threat as Tropical Cyclone Debbie barrels towards the coast.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--27 Mar 2017 525 pm EDT/2125 GMT
Northern Appalachian thermal coal producer B&N Coal expects to receive final regulatory approvals in about a month for its new Whigville surface operation in Noble County, Ohio, with production set to start this summer, a company official said Monday.
New Delhi (Platts)--27 Mar 2017 952 am EDT/1352 GMT
India's antitrust regulator, the Competition Commission of India, has imposed a fine of Rupee 5.91 billion ($90.92 million) on state-run miner Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries for abusing its dominant market position.
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Shipping

Sabetta, Yamal Peninsula (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 943 am EDT/1343 GMT
Russia's Yamal LNG in the Arctic, expected to debut later this year, plans to start deliveries under long-term contracts in 2018, while initial cargoes will be sold on the spot market, Novatek CEO Leonid Mikhelson said Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 456 am EDT/856 GMT
Cargo volumes moved in container ships are expected to grow 2%-4% this year, up from around 1.5%-2% in 2016 as the industry capitalizes on a revival in demand in the US, Europe, China and major oil exporting countries, a senior Maersk executive said Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 248 am EDT/648 GMT
The central Queensland coal port of Gladstone has shut as extreme weather moves south along Australia's eastern seaboard in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, port officials said Thursday.
London (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 937 am EDT/1337 GMT
The cost of sending crude oil from West Africa to China on VLCCs has dropped to a six-month low due to weak export demand and a rising number of VLCC vessels, sources said.
Fujairah (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 1140 pm EDT/340 GMT
Speakers at a bunker conference Tuesday in Fujairah in the UAE, the world's second largest bunkering hub, said it faced challenges from the lower global sulfur cap on marine fuels in 2020, but expressed confidence it could adapt to meet them.
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Petrochemicals

London (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 948 am EDT/1348 GMT
Turkish polypropylene spot prices have fallen for the fourth consecutive week as buying appetite has faltered ahead of the country's April 16 constitutional referendum, sources said this week.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Mar 2017 221 am EDT/621 GMT
India's polyethylene terephthalate demand is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 12%-14% over the next five years on the back of strong economic and population growth -- far outpacing the expected growth of 4%-5% in global demand, said a company official at Reliance Industries Limited.
San Antonio (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 554 pm EDT/2154 GMT
The 2020 startup date for the proposed Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Nova Chemicals and Borealis steam cracker and polyethylene plant in Texas is too ambitious, sources said this week.
London (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 949 am EDT/1349 GMT
The Northwest European propylene contract price for April initially settled late Tuesday at Eur880/mt ($950/mt) FD, up Eur15 on the month.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 1016 pm EDT/216 GMT
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) Monday launched benzene-naphtha derivatives and paraxylene-naphtha derivatives indexed against S&P Global Platts markers, an SGX spokesman said.
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Metals

London (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 951 am EDT/1351 GMT
Sharp falls in the value of the South African rand has added to pressure on palladium and platinum prices this week, lowering costs for mining companies operating in the world's largest producer, which could lead to a rise in production.
London (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 950 am EDT/1350 GMT
Bushveld Minerals has signed the final elements of the financing agreements with Barak Fund SPC Ltd for the acquisition by its Bushveld Vametco unit of a 78.8% interest in South African vanadium producer Strategic Minerals Corp, the company said Thursday.
Santiago, Chile (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 949 am EDT/1349 GMT
Chile produced 376,948 mt of copper in February, down 16.7% year on year and the lowest monthly figure for exports in almost six years, government figures showed Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 949 am EDT/1349 GMT
Spot offers for 75% Si ferrosilicon in Asia rose this week as some Chinese domestic offers showed no sign of easing on tightening spot supplies, industry sources said Thursday.
Pittsburgh (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 557 pm EDT/2157 GMT
The US Department of Commerce on Wednesday initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of certain silicon metal imports, following a petition from Globe Specialty Metals, a subsidiary of Ferroglobe.
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Agriculture

Singapore (Platts)--30 Mar 2017 958 am EDT/1358 GMT
A delegation from Indonesia is at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva to appeal against anti-dumping duties imposed by the EU against Indonesian and Argentinian biodiesel in 2013.
Houston (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 553 pm EDT/2153 GMT
US rail transportation of grain products in the week that ended March 25 totaled 23,312 cars, up 21.8% from the corresponding week a year ago, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.
Singapore (Platts)--29 Mar 2017 540 am EDT/940 GMT
India has reinstated its import duty on wheat and has set it at 10% effective March 28, according to a customs notice posted on the website of the Central Board of Excise and Customs Tuesday.
Montreal (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 551 pm EDT/2151 GMT
The March 19-25 price of hydrous ethanol at pumps in the southeast of Brazil averaged 71.7% of gasoline prices, compared with 72.5% the week before and 75.1% a month ago, National Petroleum Agency (ANP) data showed Tuesday.
London (Platts)--28 Mar 2017 952 am EDT/1352 GMT
Signs of increased product availability and aggressive offers pushed T2 ethanol to a near-three-month low at Eur551.75/cu m (about $599/cu m) FOB Rotterdam Monday, down Eur2.25/cu m on the day and Eur34.25/cu m on the week. The drop occurred despite some capacity being off the market for seasonal maintenance.
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