China's Three Year Run Of Monthly Trade Surpluses Surprisingly Hits Wall

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>Saudi Arabia Pushes OPEC on New Tack to Curb Oil Supplies

Benoit Faucon and Summer Said, The Wall Street Journal

OPEC has cut nearly one million barrels a day of oil output in the past year. Commodities traders and oil-focused hedge funds have told Saudi officials in private meetings that the surprisingly high rate of exports is helping keep oil prices low.

>Global oil markets have ‘started to rebalance’ — IEA

Anjli Raval, Financial Times

Global oil demand is outpacing expectations and excess crude inventories are falling, yet prices will only rise “modestly” the International Energy Agency said, presenting a challenge for global producers seeking to bolster crude through output cuts. Oil consumption will increase in 2017 by an upwardly revised 1.6m barrels a day to 97.7m b/d, the energy body said its closely-watched monthly oil market report published on Wednesday.

>U.S. natgas output seen up in 2017, but below 2015 record

Scott DiSavino, Reuters

U.S. dry natural gas production was forecast to rise to 73.69 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in 2017 from 72.29 bcfd in 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) on Tuesday. The latest September output projection was higher than EIA’s 73.48-bcfd forecast in August but short of the record high 74.14 bcfd produced on average in 2015.

>Natural gas supplies half of ERCOT demand in August; nuclear share rises

Jeff Zhou, Platts

Natural-gas fired generation took up half of the fuel mix in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in August after topping 50% in July, an almost two-year high, with more nuclear generation in the stack due to fewer nuclear outages than in July, according to ERCOT’s monthly demand and energy report. Natural gas-fired generation supplied 50% of the total demand in August, after reaching 50.6% in July, compared with the year-ago level of 49.1%.

Syria Signs Aleppo Power Plant Contract With Iran

Philip Issa, The Associated Press

Syria’s government signed a contract with an Iranian company on Tuesday to import five gas-fired power plants to the war-battered city of Aleppo, in an early sign of the major role Tehran is expected to play in Syria’s reconstruction. The deal, reported by Syria’s state news agency SANA, is part of a broader understanding reached by Damascus and Tehran promising Iranian companies contracts to restore electrical infrastructure in Syria, Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharboutli said during a visit to Tehran.

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