MARKETS: US regulator urges trading limits on oil, gas

(EnergyAsia, July 28, Tuesday) — The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced plans to put limits on the trading of oil, natural gas and other commodities to protect markets against what it calls manipulation and excessive speculation. The long-awaited move comes in response to last year’s record-high oil and food commodities prices, which...

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CHINA: Resource-rich Xinjiang to continue attracting state investments

(EnergyAsia, July 28, Tuesday) — The Chinese government will continue to push investments into the resource-rich and strategic far western region of Xinjiang despite the recent outbreak of violence and potential for further ethnic unrest. The largely Muslim region is becoming increasingly crucial to China with its strategic location and links to the resource-rich countries...

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MALAYSIA: MayBank says it’s “still early days” for new deepwater storage terminal in Johor

(EnergyAsia, July28, Tuesday) — MayBank has maintained its “sell” rating on the stock of Malaysia-listed engineering firm Dialog despite last month’s announcement that the company is partnering the Johor state government to develop a US$1 billion deepwater storage terminal hub in Pengerang, just north of Singapore. While the project could provide Dialog a long-term stream...

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SINGAPORE: Rotary awarded contracts for work on Neste Oil’s biodiesel plant

(EnergyAsia, July 28, Tuesday) — Singapore-listed Rotary Engineering Limited said it has signed two contracts totalling S$36 million with Neste Oil Singapore Pte Ltd for work on the Finland company’s S$1.2 billion biodiesel plant in Tuas in Singapore. The contracts for the “NExBTL” renewable diesel plant relate to electrical and instrumentation works as well as...

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JAPAN: Abu Dhabi agrees to store crude oil in Kagoshima

(EnergyAsia, July 28, Tuesday) — Japan has agreed with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) to jointly store crude oil in facilities in Kagoshima prefecture. Under their agreement, Japanese refiner Nippon Oil Corp will store some 3.8 million barrels of oil from Abu Dhabi at a terminal in the southern Japan prefecture. The deal will...

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CHINA: Longwei oil storage to be completed this year

(EnergyAsia, July 28, Tuesday) — Longwei Petroleum Investment expects to complete its oil storage project in China’s Shanxi province later this year. The new 70,000-tonne terminal at Gujiao city will more than double the oil trader’s storage capacity to 120,000 tonnes. It will allow Longwei to increase its fuel supplies to customers in Gujiao’s industrial...

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AUSTRALIA: Stuart Petroleum makes net gain of A$2.2 million from foreign currency hedge

(EnergyAsia, July 28, Tuesday) — Australia-listed Stuart Petroleum Limited said it has made a net gain of A$2.2 million following the closeout of part of its foreign currency hedge position. (US$1=A$1.2). Proceeds from the closeout of the currency hedges will be used to reduce Stuart’s debt from A$11.25 million at June 30 to A$9 million,...

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MALAYSIA: Verwater awarded contract to build crude oil storage terminal in Kedah

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — The Verwater Group, a Dutch specialist in storage tank maintenance and construction, said it has signed a contract to help build a one-million-cubic-metre storage terminal in Malaysia’s Kedah state. Verwater said it signed the 220-million-euro contract with UK investment company Lenstar at the Verwater Group Headquarters in Hoogvliet in the...

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IPPINES: Phoenix Petroleum’s new Batangas oil terminal to start up soon

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — Manila-listed Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. (PPPI) plans to initially import five million litres of petroleum products with the opening of its Calaca, Batangas terminal facility last week. PPPI chief operating officer Romeo de Guzman said the company would eventually import 10 million litres of products to be sourced from either...

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MALAYSIA: Proposed Kedah refinery to supply China’s CNPC

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — CNPC, China’s largest oil firm, has reportedly agreed to buy 200,000 b/d of refined oil products from a proposed $10-billion refinery to be built in Yan, Kedah in Malaysia. It might even consider taking a stake in the 350,000 b/d refinery, said Nazri Ramli, executive chairman of Merapoh Resources Corporation,...

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JAPAN: PetroChina permitted to acquire 49% stake in Nippon Oil refinery

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — China’s main economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, has approved an application by PetroChina International Co Ltd, a wholly-owned unit of PetroChina, to acquire a 49% stake in a refinery owned by Japan’s Nippon Oil. Located in Osaka, the 115,000-b/d refinery is one of Nippon Oil’s nine...

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CHINA: Sinopec takes over Huangdao and Zhenhai oil reserves

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — Sinopec Corp, Asia’s largest oil refiner, said it has taken over the management of China’s strategic oil reserves in Huangdao and Zhenhai as ordered by the National Energy Administration and the Ministry of Finance. Analysts said the move to transfer management of the tanks to Sinopec paves the way for...

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CHINA: Sabotage ruled out in oil tank explosion in Xinjiang

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — The Chinese government has ruled out sabotage as a possibility behind the explosion of an oil tank in a refinery in the restive western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region where deadly clashes have broken out between Han Chinese and the local Uighur people. On July 5, nearly 200 people died in...

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CHINA: Oil demand up 2.6% in June, establishing new growth phase, says Platts

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — China’s June crude oil consumption rose nearly 2.6% to 33.35 million metric tons, making it the third month in a row to register a year-on-year increase in demand, said Platts. In an analysis of official data, Platt found that China’s refinery throughput rose to a new high of 31.92 million...

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CHINA: CNPC building refinery to process Russian crude oil, expands Jilin refinery

(EnergyAsia, July 27, Monday) — CNPC is building a new refinery in Liaoning province, and expanding an existing one in Jilin province, both located in the northeastern corner of the country. On July 9, subsidiary Liaoyang Petrochemical began building a 10 million-ton-per-year refinery dedicated solely to processing crude oil imported from Russia. Less than five...

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NEPAL: India’s IOC to boost supplies

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will increase diesel supplies to Nepal from its Raxaul depot to meet a shortfall in the Himalayan nation. IOC is the only fuel supplier to the impoverished landlocked country, which has seen its consumption of diesel and gasoline more than doubled in recent years. Border town...

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INDIA: Oman Oil looking to boost stake in Bina refinery

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — Oman Oil is interested to boost its 2% stake in India’s Bina refinery project to 26%, said the oil minister from the Middle East country. Oman Oil Minister Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy said the company could look to pay US$250 million for the increased shareholding after having already invested Rs750...

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CHINA: Sinochem’s Zhoushan oil storage to be ready in 2010

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — Sinochem Corp is on track to complete its two-million cubic metre oil reserve in Zhoushan in China’s Zhejiang province next year. A one-million cubic metre terminal is already in operation at the same location. The facility is adjacent to the five-million-cubic metre Zhousan national strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) terminal, one...

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MARKETS: Gasoil market may get boost from banks’ supertanker storage play

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — The Asian gas oil market could get a temporary boost from the recent booking of a supertanker by UK-based Barclays Bank to store the product. Last month, another bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co, made a similar play when it booked a supertanker to store gasoil off Malta’s coast. The...

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INDIA: Crude oil producers could be offered use of storage terminals

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — The Indian government is considering offering crude oil producers and traders the use of its new strategic underground storage facilities in the ports of Mangalore, Vizag and Padur. According to a study prepared by state Engineers India Ltd, the producers and traders could have the use of up to one...

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COMPANY: Trader Trafigura aims to double oil storage capacity

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — Dutch commodities trader Trafigura plans to invest US$400 million over the next two years to double its oil storage capacity to 25 million barrels at its sites in Africa, Malaysia, the Caribbean and Middle East. The expansions will be overseen by a wholly-owned subsidiary, Puma Energy. Trafigura is described as...

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CHINA: Oil stockpiled at an average US$58 per barrel

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — China paid an average price of US$58 per barrel for the 100 million barrels of crude oil to fill the first phase of its strategic petroleum stockpile. The bulk of the purchases took place between late 2008 and early 2009 after oil prices began sliding from an all-time high of...

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INDONESIA: 11 may bid for fuel distribution rights

(EnergyAsia, July 24, Friday) — Eleven companies have indicated their interest to bid for the right to distribute subsidised gasoline, kerosene and diesel in Indonesia. Among the companies that have acquired documents for the bidding are foreign players Royal Dutch Shell, Malaysia’s Petronas, Brazil’s Petrobras, and local firms PT Aneka Kimia Raya, PT Patra Niaga...

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VIETNAM: Vopak starts up new chemical storage terminal in Dong Nai province

(EnergyAsia, July 23, Thursday) — Dutch oil and chemical storage giant Royal Vopak said it commissioned its new 48,200-cubic metre chemicals storage terminal in Vietnam last month. The 35-tank terminal, which can be expanded to 60,000 cubic metres, is located in Phuoc Khanh Ward at the Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai province. Located in...

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TIMOR LESTE: FLEX LNG LTD signs agreement with Minza Oil & Gas Ltd

(EnergyAsia, July 23, Thursday) — Oslo, Norway-listed FLEX LNG Ltd said a wholly owned subsidiary has signed an option agreement setting out the terms to acquire control of Jersey-based Minza Oil & Gas Ltd which holds 100% of the production sharing contract for JPDA 06-101(A). The area is located in the joint petroleum development area...

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