Platts Oil Markets Podcasts
China's H1 2014 apparent oil demand edges up on year07/25/14
Platts' Song Yen Ling, senior writer for China, analyzes China's apparent oil demand during the first six months of 2014, which edged up 0.6% on year to 9.91 million b/d.
Tougher approach: EU mulls fresh Russia sanctions after Malaysian jet...
Platts' oil team discusses the importance of Russian crude oil and diesel supply to Europe, as the EU mulls fresh Russia sanctions after Malaysian jet shot down over Ukraine.
West African overhang brings down European crude market amidst poor...
Platts editors discuss the biggest slide in Brent crude prices this year, including the impact of Chinese de-stocking on West African exports and the fragile recovery in European refining margins.
Angolan crude values hit fresh lows on soft Chinese demand, weak...
Platts crude oil editors discuss the recent low values seen in the Angolan crude market amid weak Chinese demand and tumbling refining margins.
Oil Roundtable Podcast
Platts' US oil editors discuss a new report on the Macondo disaster; liberalizing crude export policy; train car safety standards; and an OPEC sneak peak.
Poor refining margins pressure European, West African crude values
Platts' European crude oil team discusses the recent reversal of fortunes for North Sea crude values, the bearish Med and Urals crude markets, stymied WAF crude arbitrage to China and an environment of poor refining margins across Europe.
Baltic gasoil volumes find alternative outlet amid weak European demand
Platts' European oil markets team discusses persistent weakness in the underlying gasoil demand and how this weakness is being mitigated by Baltic gasoil volume bypassing European markets in May.
WAF freight rates weaken on oversupply, lack of Asian buying interest
Platts' EMEA crude oil team discusses the reasons behind West African VLCC freight rates languishing at their lowest levels for eight months.
European gasoline weakens as US arbitrage opportunities shrink
Platts' European oil team discusses recent weakening in the European physical and paper gasoline markets, as weaker arbitrage opportunities to the USAC failed to absorb length, as well as the impact of W African gasoline demand in blending economics.
European ULSD liquidity surges and looks set to remain strong
Platts' European oil products team on how liquidity in the European diesel market has surged in recent weeks amid strong buying from trading companies.
Japan, S Korea to maintain Iranian crude oil import volumes in 2014
Platts' Asian oil team analyzes Japanese and South Korean buyers of Iranian crudes having maintained their annual term contracts for 2014 at volumes unchanged from last year.
US sanctions against Rosneft chief: limited impact so far, but could...
Platts' oil news team discusses the move by Washington to add the CEO of Russia's Rosneft to its list of sanctions designed to put pressure on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
India's energy policy impacted by elections
Mriganka Jaipuriyar, senior editor for Platts Oilgram News, and Song Yen Ling, senior writer for oil, discuss how India's upcoming election is shaping the country's oil and gas exploration policies.
Recent US gasoline strength and the prospects of European gasoline...
USAC is the traditional outlet for Europe's structurally long gasoline market, but an open arbitrage has been unable to translate in bullish fundamentals in NWE.
Changes in shale flows could mean changes to US crude storage hubs
Alison Ciaccio, futures oil editor, and Bridget Hunsucker, editor, Americas oil news, discuss Cushing, Oklahoma, the basis for the NYMEX light sweet crude contract, and the possibility of starting new US futures contracts in Albany, New York, and...
Chinese oil, gas companies take unusual step of cutting capex
Platts' Song Yen Ling assesses Chinese state-owned oil and gas companies' recently-announced investment plans, having taken the unusual step of cutting their capital expenditure.
Interview with Port of Rotterdam Authority on bunker industry...
Interview with the Port of Rotterdam Authority on the importance of fuel oil in the port of Rotterdam, reasons for the decline in demand of bunkers and developments and results to date of the sector wide bunker industry approach which commenced in...
Rise and fall: Recent Urals crude volatility and the European market
Platts oil editors discuss recent volatility in Russia's Urals crude oil, focusing on the fundamentals driving this change; and examine the impact on European crude markets.
WAF crude exports to US recover on N. American logistics constraints
Platts oil editors discuss an increase in crude exports from West Africa to the US; the resulting price increase for related Nigerian and Med crude grades; and continuing Libyan problems relating to a tanker carrying illegal crude at Es Sider.
Russian diesel may struggle to sell in UK after importers enact new test
Platts EMEA oil products team discusses the recent decision by UK oil importers to enact a new test on diesel filter-blocking tendency, which could make it more difficult to export Russian diesel to the country.
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