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feature    US July crude imports climb, but no Nigerian barrels for first time: EIA
New York - Oilgram News

US crude imports rose 569,000 b/d in July, though imports of Nigerian crude fell to zero for the first time on record, data from the US Energy Information Administration showed September 29. Go to story...

feature    Nigerian LPG marketers rail against 6% hike in prices
Lagos - Global Alert

A 6% increase in the price at which Nigeria LNG Ltd's liquefied petroleum gas offtakers sell on to LPG marketers in the country will scupper the government's plans to significantly increase domestic consumption of LPG, the Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers said September 23. Go to story...

Video    White House pledges to "Power Africa"
Market Spotlight video

Among the hot topics at the recent US-Africa Leaders Summit were energy security and the president Obama's "Power Africa" initiative, which aims to provide electricity to 600 million Sub-Saharan Africans. Watch now...

feature    African Energy Outlook: Asia laps up more Nigerian crude in 2014, but eases up on Angola
News feature

Asia's four largest oil consumers -- China, India, Japan and South Korea -- have collectively bought around 42% more Nigerian crude so far this year compared with 2013, but have shown a declining appetite for barrels from fellow African producer Angola, according to an analysis of import data monitored by Platts. Read the feature...

feature    OPEC Guide: OPEC heavyweights play down oil price fall
News feature

What a difference three months can make. Oil prices were fairly buoyant when OPEC met on June 11, with its crude basket valued at $106.20/barrel and heading towards the $110.48/b it would reach nine days later. Read the feature...

feature    The challenges facing the African crude oil, refined product markets
Global Oil Markets podcast

Discussing the West African crude oil markets, focusing in-depth on the unique challenges and opportunities facing the African continent. Listen now...

feature    Tanker markets feel impact from Libya crude loading restarts, Ebola crisis
Global Oil Markets podcast

Assessing the impact on tanker markets of the restart of crude oil loading from the Libyan ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, as well as the latest developments resulting from the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Listen now...

Blog    Energy Economist: The shifting fundamentals of commodity demand
The Barrel blog

Economic growth in emerging markets has driven energy commodity demand over the last decade, but that growth is now slowing. According to the IMF, GDP growth in emerging markets fell from 7% a year on average in 2003-2008 to 6% in 2010-13. Read the blog...

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feature    UAE's Dana in Egyptian deal to export condensate while boosting gas output
Dubai - Natural Gas Alert

The UAE's Dana Gas has struck a deal with Egypt's government that will allow it to export gas condensate while increasing natural gas output from Egyptian fields for domestic consumption, the company said September 30. Go to story...

feature    Italy's Edison says renegotiations with Eni for Libya gas ongoing
London - Natural Gas Alert

Italian utility Edison confirmed September 4 to Platts that the second round of renegotiations for its contract with Italy's Eni to import some 4 billion cubic meters/year of Libyan gas to the Italian market is still ongoing. Go to story...

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feature    Tanzanian coal/iron ore/power project to begin construction next year: Investec
London - Coal Trader International

The $3 billion 80/20 joint venture between China's Sichuan Hongda Co. and the Tanzanian government is to begin construction of its integrated coal, power and iron ore project next year, Investec said in a report September 29. Go to story...

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feature    Japanese bank, Mozambique ministry sign MOU to cooperate on mineral resources projects
Tokyo - Metals Alert

Japan Bank for International Cooperation said October 1 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mozambique's mineral resources ministry to exchange information on natural resources projects in the African country that Japanese companies are involved in. Go to story...

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feature    Miner African Minerals wins Shandong Iron approval for funds access
London - Steel Markets Daily

Sierra Leone-focused miner African Minerals said it has agreed with partner Shandong Iron and Steel Group to get access to $284 million of cash previously earmarked for phase II expansion at the Tonkolili iron ore mine. Go to story...

Blog    Infographic: Steel raw materials in numbers
The Barrel blog

Platts steel team tasked our design and production department to take a wealth of steel raw materials data and transform those freshly mined (sic) numbers into something visually engaging. In this post we present you with the very interesting results. Read the blog...

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