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Feature -- Syria Conflict: Energy Security Implications

April 14, 2018
The US' declaration that the overnight missile strikes against Syria would be limited and a "one-time shot" may tamp down some of the risk to oil prices spiking when markets open Monday.
Analysis: US avoids direct Russia confrontation with Syria airstrikes, lowering oil price risk
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Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
The risk of a direct military confrontation between the US and Russia over Syria has raised energy security concerns in Europe. Oil prices touched three-and-half year highs above $72 b/d after US President Donald Trump signaled a possible military response to alleged chemical weapons attacks near Damascus.


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Houston (Platts)--17 Oct 2018 408 pm EDT/2008 GMT
Colorado highest producer with 3.6 million st
London (Platts)--17 Oct 2018 730 am EDT/1130 GMT
European utilities are reaping huge profits from coal-fired generation as they are able to buy thermal coals at substantial discounts to benchmark index prices and blend them to satisfy technical requirements, trading sources said at the World Coal Leaders Network conference in Barcelona Wednesday.
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April 13, 2018
Coal is on its way out of the UK power generation mix, yet has remained as a fall-back option on days of peak demand such as when the National Grid warned of a natural gas deficit on March 1.
March 20, 2018
S&P Global Platts editors look at some of the pilot energy blockchain projects popping up in Europe and Russia, including for oil production logistics and wholesale gas and power trading, and how regulators are reacting.
March 09, 2018
After months of discussion, US President Donald Trump signed off on sweeping global metals tariffs that exclude its Nafta neighbors to the north and south. However, all other countries will have to seek case-by-case exemptions from the White House.
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The Barrel Blog

May 11, 2018
By taking an inventive approach to purchasing and shipping imported thermal coal, South Korean buyers have been able to keep in check the marketing muscle of traditional suppliers and save money on power station fuel costs.
April 20, 2018
A decade has passed since the 2008 dry bulk freight rates began a long downturn which coincided with the Financial Crisis and culminated with a historic low in January 2016.
April 20, 2018
Beijing's sudden decision to drastically curb imports of thermal coal into the country's ports presents a golden opportunity to Indian coal buyers to pick up large volumes of Australian power station fuel at discounted prices, according to a S&P Global Platts analysis.
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