AUSTRALIA: Planned LNG projects threatened by weaker global LNG demand after 2020, says analyst

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — A decline in global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) after 2020 and rise in world supplies could threaten the feasibility of several of Australia’s projects, according to a research report by Macquarie Group. Its analysts said the developers of some Australian projects have not yet locked in long-term…

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CHINA: Greenpeace warns of health and environmental risks from coal ash from power plants

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — With an estimated 1,400 active coal-fired power plants, China releases hundreds of million tons of coal ash that pose risk to public health and the environment, according to Greenpeace. Around 70% of China’s electricity is derived from coal, making coal ash the country’s single-largest source of solid waste. Last…

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FUJAIRAH: Abu Dhabi steps up investment in oil storage to avoid Hormuz Strait

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — With an eye to protecting its oil exports and food security in the event of war in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi government is investing billions of dollars in oil storage tanks, pipelines and support infrastructure in the easternmost emirate of Fujairah. By 2012, Fujairah will have 262…

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IRAQ: Economists say US-led war contributed to surge in oil prices, global financial crisis

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) –— The US-led military invasion of Iraq was largely to blame for the surge in oil prices in recent years, according to economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes who have been keeping tabs on the war’s “true” cost since its launch in March 2003. Officially, President Obama declared the…

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INDIA: Hindustan Petroleum launched ‘black oil’ storage terminal at Visakhapatnam port

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) said it has started up India’s largest ‘black oil’ storage terminal in Visakhapatnam port on the country’s east coast. HPCL said this is India’s first fully automated terminal dedicated to handling fuel oil, bitumen and lubricants. Built on a 38-acre site, the facility has the…

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PHILIPPINES: Shell to continue operating Pandacan fuel store in Manila

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — The Philippines’ oil industry appears to have won the fight to continue operating its decades-old oil storage terminal in the largely residential area of Pandacan in Manila. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp said it is continuing to operate its oil depot after weathering pressure from the public, the local government…

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AUSTRALIA: France’s Total acquires 20% interest in GLNG from Santos and Petronas for A$650 million

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — France’s Total said it has acquired a combined 20% stake in Australia’s Gladstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project from Santos and Malaysia’s Petronas for a total of US$750 million. Australian upstream company Santos said it will sell a 15% interest in the project for A$650 million, while Petronas will…

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CHINA: PetroChina to expand Huabei refinery, delay start-up of Qinzhou

(EnergyAsia, September 28 2010, Tuesday) — PetroChina Co, the country’s biggest oil company, said it plans to double the capacity of its refinery in the northern province of Hebei and to delay the start-up of another refinery in the south by a month. The capacity of the Huabei refinery will be expanded to 10 million…

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RUSSIA: Mechel OAO, China National Coal Group agree to develop strategic partnership

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — Mechel OAO, a leading Russian mining and metals company, said it has signed a Protocol of Intent with China National Coal Group (CNCG) to “establish mutual strategic partnership”. The protocol was signed during last week’s meeting of Sino-Russian energy negotiators jointly led by Igor Sechin, Deputy Prime Minister of…

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NEW ZEALAND: LanzaTech, Henan Coal to combine gasification, fermentation processes to produce fuel

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — New Zealand’s LanzaTech said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Henan province and the Henan Coal and Chemical Industrial Corporation (HNCC) to jointly produce ethanol fuels and chemical products through the integration of the two companies’ respective biological fermentation process and coal gasification technologies. With the…

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CHINA: Kunlun Energy bids 2.21 billion yuan for 75% stake in PetroChina Dalian LNG

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — China’s Kunlun Energy Co Ltd, formerly known as CNPC (Hong Kong) Ltd, last month made an open bid of 2.21 billion yuan for a 75% equity interest in liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operator PetroChina Dalian LNG Co Ltd. (US$1=6.75 yuan). Both firms are subsidiaries of integrated energy company…

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ASIA: ADB makes US$100 million loan to boost South Asia energy trade

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — The Manila, Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it has approved a US$100 million equivalent loan for the Bangladesh-India Electrical Grid Interconnection Project, a cross-border electricity initiative between India and Bangladesh to encourage power trading in South Asia. The loan has a 32-year term includes a grace period of…

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INDIA: Indian Oiltanking-Katoen Natie JV to provide chemical storage and logistics services

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — Germany’s Oiltanking said its Indian subsidiary, IOT Infrastructure & Energy Services Limited (IOT), and Belgium’s Katoen Natie have set up a 49/51 joint venture to provide storage, handling, packing and transportation services for polymers and solid specialty chemicals in India. The joint venture firm will combine the polymers and…

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MYANMAR: CNPC aims to complete pipelines, refinery by 2013

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said it is planning to complete a major pipeline to deliver crude oil through Myanmar by 2013, a year later from the original target. It did not give any reason for the delay.  The 2,402-km pipeline will supply crude oil imported from the Middle…

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GHANA: China to extend US$15 billion worth of loans, deals

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — China has extended a massive US$15 billion worth of project loans and deal to impoverished Ghana, which will soon become an oil producing country later this year. The loans were the high point of a six-day visit to Beijing by the West African nation’s president, John Atta Mills. His…

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CHINA: Coal production continues to rise despite pledge to shut down small mines

(EnergyAsia, September 27 2010, Monday) — China is on course to increase its coal output this year despite plans by the government to reduce the number of small mines to less than 10,000 by year-end. The world’s leading coal producing and consuming country said its coal output rose more than 18% to nearly 2.165 billion…

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Hydroelectricity project under study, says Origin Energy

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Friday) — The governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Queensland state have agreed to jointly support the study for the development of a hydroelectric project that would create jobs and supply renewable energy to the citizens of both countries. The governments last week signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with PNG…

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RUSSIA: China to lend US$6 billion in exchange for coal supplies

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Friday) — China and Russia have signed a large 25-year loan-for-energy cooperation agreement late last month. China will import at least 15 million tons of coal from Russia every year for the first five years and 20 million tons over the remaining 20 years. For its part, Russia will receive US$6…

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MALAYSIA: MISC completes the acquisition of 50% of Vitol’s VTTI BV for US$839 million

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Friday) — MTTI Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s MISC Berhad, has completed the 50% acquisition of Vitol Group’s wholly-owned oil storage subsidiary, VTTI BV, for US$839 million. VTTI owns and operates a network of 11 international oil product terminals with a gross combined capacity of nearly six million cubic…

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CHINA: CNOOC and Sinopec may bid US$7 billion for Brazilian oil assets

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Thursday) — CNOOC Ltd and China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec), two of the country’s largest oil and gas companies, are preparing a large joint bid for upstream assets in Brazil. The two companies are considering offering as much as US$7 billion to acquire the assets as well as a stake in Brazilian…

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INDONESIA: Australia’s Origin-led consortium wins Sorik Marapi geothermal exploration concession

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Friday) — Australia-based Origin Energy Ltd said it has succeeded in its joint bid with India’s Tata Power and PT Suraco Indonesia for the Sorik Marapi geothermal exploration concession in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Origin Energy, the operator, and Tata Power each hold a 47.5% stake while PT Supraco Indonesia has the…

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CHINA: First deepwater semi-submersible drilling platform completes sea trial

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Friday) — China’s first deepwater semi-submersible drilling platform, the COSLPioneer, recently completed its sea trial, said the company contracted to build it. Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd, which constructed the platform for China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL), said it conducted an integrated testing of the platform’s hull, mechanical, electrical and other…

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RUSSIA: Pipeline and refinery deals deepen oil ties with China

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Thursday) — Russia and China are deepening their oil and economic ties with the launch of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline and a proposed oil refinery deal. The pipeline, which will deliver East Siberian crude oil to China, will help Russia diversify its supply of strategic commodity by increasing supplies…

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SINGAPORE: TUV SUD PSB promotes environmental sustainability at recent green building conference

(EnergyAsia, September 24 2010, Friday) — Singapore-based TUV SUD PSB, a leading service provider for a comprehensive and integrated suite of product testing, inspection and certification services, was a gold sponsor at the SGBC Green Building Conference held earlier this month at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.

With its theme of “Sustainability, Partnership and Innovation”, TUV SUD PSB showcased its full portfolio of services at Build Eco Xpo (BEX) 2010 to help owners, developers and builders construct and maintain eco-friendly buildings.

The internationally recognised testing body had four of its in-house experts presenting at FOCUS@BEX Asia and SGBC Green Building Conference 2010.

Chay-Lee Swee Gee, vice president for the Strategic Business Department, Industry – Electrical, presented different types of international energy and green labeling schemes for electrical products in her presentation entitled “Testing and Certifying Electrical Products for Energy Efficiency and Eco-Friendliness”.

Bratin Roy, general manager of TUV SUD South Asia, spoke on “Green Building – An Opportunity to Reduce Carbon Footprint”, covering recent green building developments and opportunities to reduce carbon footprint.

Stefan Heuss, head of TUV SUD Center of Competence, Energy Efficiency, TUV SUD Industry Services, presented on “Retrofitting Existing Buildings” and gave tips on how owners, builders, developers and builders can implement cost-effective evaluations and focus on the sustainability potential of their buildings.

Sun Qiqing, assistant vice president at TUV SUD PSB’s Mechanical Engineering Center, spoke on “An Integrated Approach: Balancing Cost-Effectiveness, Safety and Sustainability in Building and Construction”, where he focused on the testing of indoor environmental quality and use of resources in buildings.

TUV SUD PSB also launched at the event its carbon-free certification service for hotels, providing them a platform to demonstrate their corporate social responsibilities, and empowering hotel staff in identifying opportunities for process improvements, driving savings through carbon reduction initiatives in operations and secondary activities.

MARKETS: Shortage of skills could impair growth in UK subsea sector

(EnergyAsia, September 23 2010, Thursday) — British subsea companies are reporting strong growth prospects for the next five years but there are signs that skills shortages could constrain that growth, according to an industry survey. The survey by Subsea UK revealed that over 90% of companies are forecasting growth in the next five years with…

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