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Charting a course for ammonia as shipping fuel, with tentative steps: Fuel for Thought

The announcement by Norway’s Equinor in January that it had signed a deal to modify a vessel to run on ammonia highlighted the opportunity for another fuel in the ever-diversifying future of bunker markets. Equinor said the move was part of a bid ...

Commodity Tracker: 6 charts to watch this week

As the global coronavirus (COVID-19) case toll rises, what can Chinese refinery activity reveal about the state of oil demand? S&P Global Platts editors examine this and other energy and commodity market trends, including Asian bunker sales, America...

Decarbonize or die: is Europe turning its back on gas?

Natural gas – once praised as the key to an achievable energy transition in Europe – is increasingly falling out of favor. EU policymakers have spent years extolling the virtues of gas, calling it the cleanest of the fossil fuels and a bridge to...

Venezuela, Rosneft and US sanctions complications: Fuel for Thought

US efforts to starve Venezuela’s Maduro regime of oil revenues have substantially increased the role of Russian energy in the US Gulf Coast, an outcome the Trump administration likely never anticipated when it put sanctions in place over a year ag...

Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week

The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19, continues to dominate commodity and energy market developments, as illustrated by this week’s pick of charts from S&P Global Platts news editors. Plus, key trends in EU and US elec...