KAZAKHSTAN: Focus on expanding ties with China amid mounting financial, economic problems

(EnergyAsia, November 25 2015, Wednesday) — Faced with its worst economic and financial downturn in nearly a decade, Kazakhstan is looking again to China to repeat its rescue act of 2008-2009. According to the International Monetary Fund, Kazakhstan will have the region’s worst performing economy this year as its growth will slow to just 1.5% (more…)

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US: Oil reserves at highest level since 1972, natural gas reserves at record, says EIA

(EnergyAsia, November 24 2015, Tuesday) — Thanks to the adoption of fracking technology, the US boosted its oil reserves to a 42-year high of 39 billion barrels and natural gas to an all-time high of 388.8 trillion cubic feet (11 trillion cubic metres) at the end of 2014. But, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said (more…)

MARKETS: Analysts see crude in the $20s, Saudi officials hoping for recovery in 2016

(EnergyAsia, November 23 2015, Monday) — Down by over 65% since mid-2014, crude oil prices could fall another 50% to the US$20s a barrel next year, said analysts at Wall Street firms. The oil market’s fundamentals are worsening, particularly with the sharp slowdown in the economies of Saudi Arabia and China combining to pressure lower (more…)

CENTRAL ASIA: Doubts persist over proposed TAPI gas pipeline

(EnergyAsia, November 20 2015, Friday) — Despite reports of a December start-up, the construction of possibly Asia’s most ambitious pipeline project to supply natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India remains shrouded in doubt as it faces a myriad of mounting financial, political and security problems. Proponents of the proposed TAPI pipeline, named (more…)

IRAQ: Basra to set up regional company to attract international oil, gas and infrastructure investment

(EnergyAsia, November 13 2015, Friday) — Iraq’s hydrocarbon-rich Basra province is establishing a regional company to attract foreign direct investment to build up its oil, gas and infrastructure for the long-term development of the economy. “Basra Company is the vehicle through which the provincial government will optimise utilisation of resources and position Basra as the (more…)

MARKETS: IEA fears low oil and gas prices inducing “complacency” over energy security issues

(EnergyAsia, November 12 2015, Thursday) — The world is at risk of becoming complacent to energy security threats with an expected prolonged period of low oil and gas prices looming ahead, said the International Energy Agency (IEA). While consumers stand to benefit, the market is increasingly at risk from both a growing reliance on a (more…)

SAUDI ARABIA: Vopak joint venture to provide liquid product storage services in Jubail

(EnergyAsia, November 3 2015, Tuesday) — Jubail Chemicals Storage and Services Company (JCSSC), a company 25% owned by Royal Vopak of the Netherlands, has signed two agreements to provide liquid product storage and handling services at the King Fahd Industrial Port (KFIP) in Jubail in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. JCSSC, 75% owned by Saudi Basic (more…)

MARKETS: Oil demand growth to slow sharply from five-year high in 2015, says IEA

(EnergyAsia, November 1 2015, Sunday) — Global oil demand growth will slow sharply to 1.2 million b/d next year after reaching what would be a five-year high of 1.77 million b/d in 2015, predicts the International Energy Agency (IEA). Demand has been stimulated by more than a year of low oil prices, with the world’s (more…)