(EnergyAsia, February 18, 2018, Monday) — If Southeast Asia’s 10 countries were to merge into a new nation, it would have the world’s third largest population, and its sixth largest economy. The region’s 640-million population would be behind China and India in size, while its combined GDP of nearly US$2.6 trillion would be larger than France’s and smaller than the United Kingdom’s.
(EnergyAsia, February 10 2018, Saturday) — Thailand’s state-owned PTT Exploration & Production PCL (PTTEP) is making good on a promise to expand its hydrocarbon reserves with an agreement buy over Royal Dutch Shell’s combined 22.2222% stake in the Bongkot field and an adjoining acreage located off the coast of Thailand.
(EnergyAsia, February 7 2018, Wednesday) — Boosted by sharply higher export prices of liquefied natural gas, coal and other commodities in 2017, Indonesia’s economy expanded by 5.07% for its fastest growth rate in four years, the government’s Central Statistics Agency has announced.
(EnergyAsia, February 5 2018, Monday) — in its search for energy security, Indonesia risks creating an uncompetitive giant from the planned merger of two of its largest state-owned oil and gas companies, said consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.