Abu Dhabi’s onshore concession award to Inpex of no great surprise to oil observers

It wasn’t the first time, and it will not be the last. Abu Dhabi struck a deal on April 27 with Japan’s Inpex, awarding a 5% stake in its giant Adco onshore oil concession for the next 40 years from January 1, 2015.

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Agriculture demand sows discord in US diesel markets

We all notice how natural disasters impact commodity values, whether it’s a hurricane immediately raising gasoline prices at the pump, or  snow storms leading to an uptick in demand for heating oil.

Take the Midwest for example. Wet weather has delayed spring planting, resulting in a build of diesel stocks in the Midwest, feeble agricultural demand, and really low prices.

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The significance of the physical and the benefits of oil barrels: Petrodollars

Ned Molloy explains the benefits of having ownership of physical barrels — and how companies that do so are still competing in trading with those armed only with information — in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.

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The Paul Revere of ethanol sounds the cry

The imports are coming, the imports are coming!

Just two months ago, we were at the National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas, talking about how the US ethanol industry was “going global.”

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China’s thermal coal imports overstay their welcome

Ever had a house guest who has outstayed their welcome? It could be a family member, old school friend or acquaintance who has taken up residence in your house for longer than expected. They said they would stay only for a few days, then a week goes by and you begin to get impatient and frustrated. Politeness and your good manners keep you from broaching the subject of their stay. What to do?

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IHS CERAWeek 2015, Day 4: Power ballad ending

Thursday is not the final day of IHS CERAWeek, but it is the final day focused on a particular commodity. It’s also Platts’ final day at CERAWeek this year. Thursday’s focus on electric power allows for a wide variety of topics, though, from coal to actual power generation to natural gas and everything in between.

We had two editors roaming the sessions Thursday, one to focus on coal and one to focus on electric power. Some of what we heard was shared from @PlattsPower, although @PlattsCoal, @PlattsGas and @PlattsOil also got some fodder from various officials sharing their plans. Just as a good power ballad has to come to an end, our coverage of this year’s CERAWeek is ending, and here are some thoughts from our editors about Thursday’s events.

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Gazprom, oil-link vs spot gas prices, and storage

Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is taking on some tough battles. Last week she accused US technology giant Google of abusing its dominant position in the internet search market. This week she has laid charges against Russian gas producer Gazprom over its sales practices in eastern Europe.

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IHS CERAWeek 2015, Day 3: The gas guys take the stage

While Wednesday was supposedly natural gas day at IHS CERAWeek, oil topics still leaked into some of the discussions from executives and officials, such as during a discussion with Richard Kinder of Kinder Morgan.

On the other hand, some companies centered on other commodities (*cough cough coal*) are looking to gas as a way to round out their opportunities in a rapidly changing global energy landscape.

We tweeted tidbits from @PlattsGas, as well as from @PlattsOil and @PlattsCoal today, and also shared stories from our three natural gas and LNG editors who were in attendance at various sessions. Below are some of their thoughts about Wednesday’s events.

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IHS CERAWeek 2015, Day 2: Other observations from our oil editors

Second verse, same as the first . . . in some ways.

Many of the themes raised Monday at IHS CERAWeek were reprised Tuesday, the second day of the conference. But Tuesday’s offerings were decidedly more global, and our oil editors here share some of their thoughts on what they saw and heard.

You can find news stories and tweets from Tuesday shared on @PlattsOil (including one tweet that we felt needed a retweet from @PlattsCoal). You can also read thoughts from our reporters on the first day here.

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IHS CERAWeek 2015, Day 1: Thoughts from our oil editors

As we have in years gone by, we’re highlighting parts of the IHS Energy CERAWeek here on The Barrel. We have a rotating cast of editors coming this week to the Houston energy conference, from oil to natural gas to power, and each day we’ll have a post in which we share what stood out to us.

You can follow more of the coverage by following @PlattsOil, @PlattsGas and @PlattsPower and looking for the hashtag #CERAWeek, as well as by checking Platts.com for news stories. At the end of the conference, we’ll also have a Storify feature about the conference, compiling all our coverage in one location.

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