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Venezuela sanctions alter crude oil flows from Latin America to US Gulf

Imports of Latin American crudes into the US Gulf Coast from January to date have plummeted 30% versus the same period in 2017, to 280 million barrels. This is mostly due to a lack of imports from Venezuela, US Customs Bureau and Platts Analytics da...

Shale-fueled US plastics boom puts spotlight on sustainability

Virgin plastic production is thriving in the US, fueled by the North American shale boom. But the reversal of fortune for the US chemical industry has highlighted a bigger challenge amid widespread concern about plastic waste and sustainability. The...

JKTC: the world’s LNG spot trading hub

US LNG exports, on destination-free terms, have been regarded as the game changer for the market in recent years. But this view neglects the role played by China’s rising demand, and the changes taking place among traditional LNG buyers in Northea...

Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week

Natural gas is top of our editors’ picks of unfolding commodity trends this week, with Europe’s market responding to oversupply and solid US production giving rise to ample storage. Elsewhere, low US power prices, Germany’s latest plan to step...

Europe’s plastic recycling drive pits consumer demand against economic realities

Recognition of plastic waste as a global problem has spurred legislation and industry initiatives in the last two years, and driven growth in demand for recycled plastics. When it comes to developing recycling as a sustainable business, Europe leads...