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Oil tanker barge
Colin Halling, Senior Analyst, EMEA, Oil
December 01, 2016
  Shipments of barges carrying gasoil from the key Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) refining and storage hub to destinations along the Rhine River have increased markedly in the last two weeks. A seasonal interest in moving heating oil from ARA into Germany, eastern France, and Switzerland is...
Nuclear Power Plant
Twan Vollebregt, Power Managing Director and Victoria Vigot, Power Market Analyst
November 29, 2016
The election of Ryuichi Yoneyama, an anti-nuclear campaigner, as Governor of the Niigata prefecture on October 16, 2016, has cast serious doubts on the nuclear restart agenda advocated by the Abe government. This follows a similar development in the southern Kyushu province of Kagoshima, the location of...
power lines in winter
Genscape Meteorology Team
November 28, 2016
  Following Winter 2015-16's record-breaking warmth, the upcoming winter is expected to offer considerably more variability. Weak La Niña conditions should drive more sustained cold, particularly during the latter half of winter, resulting in stronger energy demand across much of the...
Nuclear Power Plant
Twan Vollebregt, Managing Director, European Power & Pierre Buisson, Manager, R&D, European Products
November 23, 2016
The French power market is under significant pressure due to limited nuclear availability, low reservoir levels, and an unusually cold start to the winter season. Forward power prices have jumped to high levels not seen for several years, but is the market pricing in too much of a risk premium? Genscape...
Cargo Ship on Mississippi River
Matt Morgan, Director, Maritime Product Management
November 22, 2016
With two satellite partnerships and one of the largest privately-owned and operated global terrestrial antenna networks, Genscape Vesseltracker™ tracks more than 144,000 vessels around the world in near-real-time daily. Why do 98 percent of the messages collected by Genscape come from the...
Maintenance at Oil Refinery
Hillary Stevenson, Analyst, Oil Markets/Business Development & Amanda Dirkes, Oil Refineries Analyst
November 22, 2016
U.S. Gulf Coast refinery utilization has nearly recovered from fall maintenance season with only two units left in restart mode following planned work as of November 21.  The 124,500 bpd fluid catalytic cracker and associated 26,600 bpd alkylation unit remained below normal operating levels...
Oil Storage
Matthew Wheatley, Oil Analyst
November 15, 2016
During the week ending November 11, three vessels, used for floating storage in Iran, left the Persian Gulf for destinations in India and South Korea, according to Genscape. Floating storage is often used to leverage a rising oil price.  However, Iran’s decision to start...
Matt Morgan, Director, Maritime Product Management
November 15, 2016
The ability to visualize maritime activity over time is an important tool for gaining a new level of understanding of the global flows of commodities, both from a historical trend perspective and a forward-looking perspective. By plotting Genscape Maritime data, powered by Genscape Vesseltracker™ on a...
Oil Pipeline
Suzanne Danforth, Director, Products & Pricing Assessments Development
November 10, 2016
Motor gasoline rack activity in the U.S. Southeast reacted to an outage on Colonial Pipeline’s 1.3 bpd million Line 1 between October 31 and November 6, with volumes declining in cities exclusively or predominately supplied by the pipeline, according to Genscape Supply Side data. Meanwhile, rack...
Tanker Ship
Mark Deverill, Maritime Data Director, Vesseltracker
November 04, 2016
Recent reports in the news have brought to light a few instances of ships flagged to countries that they are not associated with. On October 20, 2016, the Tanzanian news service, The Citizen, reported that Tanzanian authorities recently seized two ships suspected to have connections to North Korea, but...