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Home or Away: where will China get its gas?

December 16, 2011

Gas-producing and gas-hungry countries the world over are keenly watching what happens in China as it continues to negotiate with various suppliers over the price of its natural gas imports while examining the possibility of developing its unconventional gas reserves.

Commodities supp teaser

Can the UK stage its own shale gas revolution?

December 1, 2011

The UK is reported to be sitting on enough shale gas to cover its gas consumption for more than 60 years. But unlike the US, concerns surrounding mineral rights, a greater population density and its impact on the environment means pushing ahead with exploration is easier said than done.

Copper as a collateral

China's rising taste for copper as collateral

June 1, 2011

Copper’s role as an indicator of the pace of China’s industrialisation. But how worried should the market be about the build up of copper stocks in China’s bonded warehouses? 

Japan's nuclear energy

The wider impact of Japan's nuclear crisis

June 1, 2011

The earthquake in Japan in March inevitably forced short-term changes in the country’s energy consumption, but the long-term implications for energy and other commodities are far-reaching. 

Growing need: Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation has made China a major importer of copper

Famine or feast?

December 10, 2010

For more than a decade, commodity markets have attracted increasing levels of investment, a trend that accelerated when returns from equity markets fell away in the financial crisis. Jim Banks asks what Asia's growing appetite means for commodities in the future: will investment lead to oversupply, or will demand from rapidly growing nations mean scarcity and price hikes?

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