Platts Oil Markets Podcasts
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.
Rise in West African piracy prompts boost to security off Angola
Platts editors discuss the shipping security measures now recommended by the Norwegian Maritime Authority, following the hijacking of a vessel off shore Luanda, Angola in January.
North Sea crude dented by West African imports, less Asian demand
Platts' crude oil team discusses the reasons behind the weak North Sea crude oil market, and looks at the developing relationship between Brent crude futures and the physical market.
Sinopec's planned divestment heralds non-state investment in oil sector
The Chinese oil sector is traditionally controlled by the state but this seems about to change. Song Yen Ling discusses the advantages of Sinopec's divestment plans and its impact on industry players.
Renewable Fuel Standard debate continues; US midcontinent bottleneck...
Platts oil news team discusses the oil and ethanol industries' thoughts on the Renewable Fuel Standard, an increase in crude coming down to Texas, and how fewer rigs are producing more crude than ever.
Low sulfur fuel oil strengthens rapidly on regional outflows and...
Platts' European oil products team discusses the recent strength seen in NWE low sulfur fuel oil, stemming from regional outflows to the US due to unprecedented cold across the Atlantic and European refinery maintenance.
US remains main outlet for European gasoil
Ilana Djelal, associate editorial director, clean products EMEA, and Eline Potié, middle distillates editor, discuss trends and flows in the European gasoil market.
Mexican crude production impacted by US shale development
Starr Spencer, senior editor, oil news, and Richard Capuchino, Americas crude managing editor, discuss Mexico's long-awaited energy reforms which will allow investment by foreign oil operators, and also the huge impact of US shale development on...
Asian naphtha demand propels Med-Japan LR2 rate to record high
Wanda Wang explores how the West of Suez market and Aframaxes have pushed the rates up and shares market sentiments on the sustainability of the rates.
Record high dirty tanker rates impact European crude market
Platts oil markets editors discuss the factors that have contributed to the recent record strength in the dirty tanker market and its impact on crude oil differentials.
Libyan crude supply starts returning to market despite continued unrest
Platts crude oil editors discuss recent developments in Libyan exports, as some crude returns to market from the west of the country while exports from the east remain limited.
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