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Oil

Washington (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 859 am EST/1359 GMT
Scott Pruitt was confirmed Friday as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency by a 52-46 Senate vote.
Moscow (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 734 am EST/1234 GMT
Russneft expects to at least match last year's 7 million mt (140,171 b/d) crude output and potentially exceed it if the state of oil markets improves and the OPEC/non-OPEC output cut deal is not extended, the Russian company said in a statement Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--19 Feb 2017 1056 pm EST/356 GMT
Japan is set to import a naphtha cargo from Iran this month, a source said, marking the first import from the Middle Eastern country since 2011.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 1201 pm EST/1701 GMT
Buying of Atlantic Basin crudes by Asian buyers -- particularly in China -- has spiked since the beginning of 2017 on a confluence of factors that include the OPEC production cuts and subsequent narrowing of the Brent/Dubai Exchange of Futures for Swaps, lower freight rates and strong refining margins.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 904 am EST/1404 GMT
Nigeria's major oil export terminal, Forcados, which has been the casualty of militant attacks, could restart in a matter of weeks, oil minister Emmanuel Kachikwu said Wednesday.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 910 am EST/1410 GMT
Spanish gas grid operator Enagas said it expects national gas demand to increase 3% year on year in March to 29.9 TWh due to stronger gas-to-power demand and despite a dip in conventional demand.
Tokyo (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 745 am EST/1245 GMT
Japan plans to conduct a second testing round for offshore production of methane hydrate from around late April, aiming to run the tests non-stop for up to a month, an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 909 am EST/1409 GMT
Dutch and German near-term prices fell sharply Friday morning as bearish sentiment resumed on a drop in demand amid rising temperatures across Europe, with market participants shrugging off ongoing outages on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Singapore (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 1025 pm EST/325 GMT
Pakistan plans to ambitiously grow its LNG imports over the next few years, Adnan Gilani, the chief operating office of Pakistan LNG Ltd.
Denver (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 538 pm EST/2238 GMT
US natural gas in storage fell 114 Bcf to 2.445 Tcf in the week ended February 10, the US Energy Information Administration reported Thursday.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 915 am EST/1415 GMT
The first of 70 offshore wind turbines has been installed at Wikinger, Iberdrola's 350 MW project in the German Baltic Sea, the Spanish utility said Monday.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 913 am EST/1413 GMT
Portland General Electric expects its electricity sales to fall up to 1% next year after increasing by about 1% on a weather-adjusted basis in 2016, Jim Piro, president and CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based utility, said Friday during an earnings conference call.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 910 am EST/1410 GMT
UK day-ahead power contracts fell steeply Friday, mirroring declines in the spot gas market, with an improved supply picture and bearish power demand further weighing on the prompt, sources said.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 645 pm EST/2345 GMT
Entergy has a fairly small window to decide to extend the operation of its 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear plant in New York if the state has not found suitable replacement power by the time the merchant facility is targeted for retirement in 2021, company officials said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 819 am EST/1319 GMT
The EU Parliament on Wednesday voted on its position on proposed reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System after 2020, putting in place a key step in the EU's co-legislative process in overhauling the bloc's carbon market.
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Coal

Houston (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 912 am EST/1412 GMT
Prompt demand is still lacking for Central Appalachian term coal, but utilities have made and are talking about securing deals for later this year and 2018.
London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 856 am EST/1356 GMT
South African thermal coal miners are looking increasingly at the domestic market, with inland consumers more willing to pay higher prices than buyers in the export market and shipments out of the country falling, according to market sources.
New Delhi (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 516 am EST/1016 GMT
India's largest electricity producer state-run NTPC Limited has started production from its Pakri-Barwadih coal mine in Jharkhand state in eastern India as the first installment was dispatched from the mine, the company said in a statement Friday.
Houston (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 535 pm EST/2235 GMT
More bids for 2017 Seasonal NOx allowances have been heard in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule market, which has tightened the spread with offers, sources said this week.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 846 am EST/1346 GMT
Lower UK power prices saw generator Drax's three coal units out of the market for much of summer 2016, the UK generator said Thursday.
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Shipping

Singapore (Platts)--19 Feb 2017 1052 pm EST/352 GMT
Japan, the world's largest LNG importer and accounting for about 35% of global demand, is set to play a significant role in LNG bunkering as the marine industry turns to cleaner fuel options to comply with stricter environmental regulations.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 912 am EST/1412 GMT
Monthly high sulfur gasoil flows from the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp hub to West Africa rose over February, data from Platts trade flow software cFlow showed, as Nigeria and Ghana looked to export markets to fill supply shortfalls.
Singapore (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 911 am EST/1411 GMT
South Korea's Hanjin Shipping was officially declared bankrupt by a Seoul court on Friday after a two-week period for appeal expired, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Houston (Platts's)--16 Feb 2017 544 pm EST/2244 GMT
New Orleans bunker prices were volatile Thursday as availability for prompt deliveries appeared to be tight, according to market sources.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 848 am EST/1348 GMT
Prompt high sulfur fuel oil Rotterdam barge structure has moved into positive territory for the first time in four weeks on good arbitrage demand and an upward moving East-West swap.
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Petrochemicals

Houston (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 945 am EST/1445 GMT
Formosa Plastics USA said Friday it would raise caustic soda prices by $85/dry st, becoming the latest US seller to increase prices, according to a letter to customers obtained by S&P Global Platts.
Tokyo (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 943 am EST/1443 GMT
Japan's ethylene and ethylene derivatives exports in December rose 2.2% from a month earlier to 211,200 ethylene equivalent tons, or EET, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement late Friday.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 913 am EST/1413 GMT
Many European petrochemical end-users are expected to resume cracking propane in March and crack more butane as both gases' prices are likely to weaken relative to naphtha due to the end of winter season, market sources said this week.
Singapore (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 314 am EST/814 GMT
The FOB Korea marker in the propylene market hit a 22-month high Thursday, as the marker was assessed at $1,000/mt.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 1035 pm EST/335 GMT
At the turn of the year the eyes of styrene traders were fixed on Asia, where a heavy turnaround season planned for the end of first quarter looked set to make the region the main price-setter globally.
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Metals

Tokyo (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 941 am EST/1441 GMT
Russian aluminum producer Rusal told Japanese aluminum buyers via an email Monday that it sees the appropriate second quarter contract premium to be $125/mt plus London Metal Exchange cash CIF Japan, market sources said.
Singapore (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 939 am EST/1439 GMT
China has suspended all imports of anthracite coal from North Korea, starting February 19, according to a statement published by the country's ministry of commerce on its website last Saturday, a move which could provide support for prices of the steelmaking raw material in both domestic and export markets.
Jakarta (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 940 am EST/1440 GMT
Freeport Indonesia expects the dispute over a ban on concentrate exports from its Grasberg copper mine to be resolved but reserves the right to commence arbitration to enforce its contract and seek damages, CEO Freeport-McMoRan president and CED Richard C.
London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 937 am EST/1437 GMT
Net long gold positions on US commodity exchange COMEX fell 9% to 63,625 contracts in the week to February 14, Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed Monday.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 915 am EST/1415 GMT
Physical scrap and rebar sellers are currently leaving money on the table judging by the London Metal Exchange's forward curves.
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Agriculture

London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 937 am EST/1437 GMT
Biodiesel premiums in Europe ended last week at their lowest in over half a year as global vegoils continued their downwards trend.
Houston (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 539 pm EST/2239 GMT
Combined US production and imports of biomass-based diesel fell 218 million gallons, or 63.4%, in January compared with December, Environmental Protection Agency data showed Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 548 am EST/1048 GMT
India's wheat production is forecast to hit a record high 96.64 million mt in current marketing season 2016-17 (April-March), the Indian government's latest estimate for major food crops showed Wednesday.
Houston (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 646 pm EST/2346 GMT
Prices for US corn, CIF New Orleans February basis, rose significantly Wednesday because delays at Pacific Northwest ports made buyers turn to the US Gulf Coast to secure their procurement, market sources said.
Singapore (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 154 am EST/654 GMT
The Australian Premium White wheat price remained firm Tuesday despite an official forecast of record production for 2016-17 (October-September) amid limited spot offers, localized flooding concerns and a surge in Chicago wheat futures, traders said Wednesday.
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